The sport The Queen loved to play with her family

After the death of Queen Elizabeth, everyone around the world is mourning a world-famous figure – even football fans.

The Queen died on Thursday after being placed under medical supervision by her doctors. According to the news, King Charles III. announced that a “period of royal mourning will be observed from now until seven days after the Queen’s funeral” (via CBS). And as the country begins to mourn the loss of its monarch, football organizations across the UK have decided to postpone their matches until further notice. However, the decision was not marked by the period of mourning – as teams were under no obligation to cancel or postpone their games – but a decision the organizations made out of respect for the loss of Queen Elizabeth. According to the BBC, the Premier League said the organization would postpone 10 games to commemorate the Queen’s “extraordinary life and contribution to the nation”.

Queen Elizabeth’s tribute and respect for football makes sense as the Queen was a supporter and sponsor of the Football Association of England. And now, after the Queen’s death, royal experts are revealing that Queen Elizabeth’s association with football went further than simply respecting and watching UK teams.

Queen Elizabeth enjoyed playing football with the royal family

Not only did Queen Elizabeth love supporting British football teams on the field, the monarch even enjoyed getting into the game herself when playing against members of the royal family.

According to royal biographer Robert Jobson, Queen Elizabeth played an extremely important role in joining the game and was poised to defeat her royal opponents. “During the holidays — Christmas and New Year’s in Sandringham and most of the summer holidays in Balmoral — the whole family would play football, with the tiny queen acting as goalkeeper,” Jobson explained in his book Charles at Seventy: Thoughts, Hopes, and Dreams (via the Daily Star). Although the Queen was known to be a keen football player, neither Jobson nor Buckingham Palace revealed how often the Queen played with her family or when the Queen stopped playing the sport.

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Off the field, however, Queen Elizabeth remained a staunch football fan throughout her life – although fans and the British have never been able to pinpoint the Queen’s favorite football team. But now, in the wake of the Queen’s death, with certain teams in the Premier League deciding to postpone their games – and others not – teams may be dropping a hint that one of their biggest fans happened to be the Queen.