Springboks meet the queen


14 October 2015

The Queen of England hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace in London for the Rugby World Cup at which guests included players, officials and supporters, on 12 October.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry addressed the guests and commended everyone involved in the Rugby World Cup. (Image: Kensington Palace, Twitter)

“It has been one of the most competitive and entertaining World Cups ever,” Prince Harry told guests. “This evening, we would like to thank all of you for making England 2015 such a successful and enjoyable tournament for everybody.

“You are helping inspire children of all backgrounds to get involved with the game, the game we all love.”

Springbok star Bryan Habana got on to the royal selfie cam. “For the royal Twitter feed, getting on the selfie cam is pretty amazing, a massive privilege to have been in close proximity to the queen. Didn’t get to curtsy or bow at her, got to be shoulder to shoulder with Prince Harry so a massive honour, massive privilege and I’m grateful for the opportunity so thank you very much.”

Watch the video he shot here:

Victor Matfield said it was fantastic to be inside the palace. “I’ve been here a few times, but outside the gate, taking pics of the guards outside the gate,” he said. “Being in here is just fantastic. I met the queen quickly, had a nice chat with Prince Harry.”

See Matfield’s spin in Buckingham Palace on the selfie cam:

South Africa takes on Wales in a quarter-final match on Saturday, 17 October at 5pm.

SouthAfrica.info reporter