VIEW FROM SPAIN: This was a right royal knees-up fit for a queen
- Videos of La Roja fans gloating following their victory have flooded the internet
- Spain secured a 1-0 win to lift the trophy after Olga Carmona’s 29th minute goal
- Historic World Cup for both as Spanish celebrations begin ahead of parade
Spain reigned supreme in Australia and nothing summed up the nation’s feelings more than Queen Letizia making her way to the centre of the team photograph and lifting the trophy.
She was then presented with a Spain shirt with a No 12 on the back and had to politely decline as the entire squad chanted for her to put it on.
Protocol was forgotten as Spain became only the second nation, after Germany, to have won both the men’s and women’s World Cups.
‘We dedicate it to all our families and to the people back in Spain,’ said forward Jennifer Hermoso who saw her second-half penalty saved by Mary Earps.
The Queen, resplendent in red like the players (known as the Rojas, which means red) celebrates by holding the trophy
‘We have played football the way we wanted to and we have won a world championship.’
Back in Spain supporters had been queuing some two hours before kick-off outside the 6,000-capacity WiZink Center in Madrid, one of around 30 fan sites set up around the country to show the final.
On 90 minutes there was a communal gasp of anxiety as the fourth official showed that 13 minutes were to be added on, but once the final whistle had been blown the euphoria was released.
‘We got revenge in the most important of games,’ said Diario AS, remembering how England had knocked Spain out of the Euros in the quarter-finals a year ago.
‘It’s nice that we are breaking down barriers and that we are being talked about,’ said midfielder Teresa Abelleira.
The spotlight is unlikely to diminish any time soon. Spain are due to arrive back home to Madrid tonight when they will go straight into a trophy parade.
After a tense final, Spain’s national team emerged the victor when the final whistle blew, with a score of 1-0
At one point (pictured, left) the royal was seen dancing, punching the air and jumping in celebration. Meanwhile, daughter Sofia wrapped herself in the Spanish flag (pictured, right)
The royal appeared delighted thanks to the victory, and could barely contain her joy as she lifted the trophy