HM Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 – 2022

The National Football Museum is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.

As the nation’s reigning monarch during the 1966 FIFA World Cup, Her Majesty was present during one of the most significant moments in British sporting history, presenting England captain Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet Trophy at Wembley Stadium.

Her Majesty was a strong advocate and figurehead for the game, watching her first match as Queen at the 1953 FA Cup Final – presenting Sir Stanley Matthews with his winner’s medal – and attending a number of key Wembley fixtures thereafter.

The thoughts and condolences of the museum are with the Royal Family and all those affected at this time.

As a mark of respect, the National Football Museum will be closed on Monday 19 September for Her Majesty’s state funeral. If you have booked to visit us on that day, you can reschedule by booking a new time slot via our ticket portal, choosing the Free Entry option on the following page.

The Football Writing Festival, which was due to take place between Monday 19 and Tuesday 27 September, has been postponed until further notice.

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