Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin alongside Prince William at Wembley
His grandmother presented both the 1966 World Cup and 1996 European Championship trophies but the Duke of Cambridge will be denied the opportunity to do the same at the Euro 2020 final.
Uefa has confirmed that, as for the last five editions of its flagship competition, its president will hand the trophy to the winning captain after Sunday’s showdown between England and Italy.
European football’s governing body also confirmed that, unlike the last two major finals to be held at Wembley, the presentation will not take place on the stadium’s iconic balcony.
Both teams in the 1966 World Cup and Euro 96 finals had to climb the famous Wembley steps to collect their medals and the trophy from the Queen.
But, as for all major finals at the stadium since the coronavirus crisis began, Sunday’s post-match presentation will take place on the pitch.
Prince William, who is the president of the Football Association, is set to take part in the ceremony and congratulate or console England’s players but the honour of handing over the trophy will go to Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin.
It is unclear whether the Duke will be accompanied to Sunday’s game by his wife, who has been quarantining after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
She could face a mad dash to get to Wembley given she is patron of the All England Club and would be scheduled to attend the Wimbledon men’s singles final earlier in the day.
The Queen is not expected to be at Sunday’s game, having not attended a major sporting event since the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Queen presented the Jules Rimet Trophy to Bobby Moore at Wembley in 1966
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The 2015 Rugby World Cup in England saw the trophy presented by the now Duke of Sussex, while the Duke of York did the honours at the 2019 Cricket World Cup final.
Prince Charles deputised for his mother at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate and his players will be invited to a private ceremony on Monday should they end England’s 55-year wait for a major tournament win.
The FA has been looking at options in the event of defeating Italy in the Euro final this weekend, with an open-top parade being ruled out due to Covid-19 safety measures meaning crowds cannot gather publicly.
England’s cricket team visited 10 Downing Street after winning the World Cup and Southgate’s players will have their efforts commemorated should they defeat Roberto Mancini’s team.
Plans have yet to be finalised but UK dignitaries are set to invite Harry Kane and his team-mates in the event of their greatest achievement since winning the World Cup in 1966.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson attended the win over Denmark in the semi-final on Wednesday, while Prince William has also been in the Royal Box during the tournament where England have gone unbeaten at the national stadium.
Boris Johnson (L) attended England's semi-final win at Wembley with wife Carrie Johnson (R)
Under normal circumstances, triumphant teams would parade their trophies around London but the coronavirus pandemic has limited crowds of fans gathering to celebrate England’s achievements.
Should England win there could be a public celebration later in the year, after the start of the Premier League, when it is hoped safety measures are eased.