England captain Harry Kane personally paid tribute to her inspiration, revealing how his children visited Buckingham Palace to lay flowers as British football came together to celebrate the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The national schedule returned after being postponed last weekend in a show of respect, with clubs across the country celebrating the occasion with pre-match silence, renditions of the national anthem and images of the Queen at the site.
At Tottenham, the cover of the matchday program for the Premier League game against Leicester featured a classic photo of The Queen smiling and shaking hands with then Spurs captain Danny Blanchflower before presenting him with the FA Cup at Wembley in 1962.
“It’s truly remarkable to represent the country the way the Queen has done for so many years of her life – it’s a true inspiration,” said Tottenham star Kane.
“No matter what job you’re in, she showed that consistency and had an impeccable reputation, so she was a really great role model for all of us and that’s why we’re so proud that she was our queen.”
Kane’s wife Kate brought their three children to central London to lay flowers outside the palace.
“We thought it was important,” added Spurs and the England striker.
“They’re young, they don’t understand too much at the moment, but when they’re older and they look back and read about our country’s history, the Queen was an integral part of that, so Kate took the kids down just to give them credit.” to prove.
“They left some flowers in front of Buckingham Palace, which was nice.
“It’s a big event in our history, so we thought it was important for the kids to experience that.”