Queen Elizabeth II
The first lady of England tops the list of famous Arsenal fans.
No football club can have any bigger fan than the Queen of England. Royal sources have revealed that Her Majesty has been an Arsenal fan for more than 50 years.
Arsène Wenger and his Arsenal squad finally got to meet The Queen on Thursday, February 15 2007, when they visited Buckingham Palace for afternoon tea with Her Majesty.
The 90-year-old monarch (80 at the time) was due to attend the official opening of Emirates Stadium in October but she was forced to pull out after suffering a back injury. The Duke of Edinburgh performed the opened ceremony in her absence.
The Queen was disappointed to miss her appointment at Arsenal’s new home and extended an invite to the Club to visit the Palace. Arsenal are the first football club to be invited to a reception at the royal residence.
“It is a big honour. It was a frustration that she could not come and see us that day. I always like to go to the end of things and to see that happening is great. It is a fantastic mark of respect for Arsenal. It is a good experience for the group and for the Club.”
Thierry Henry added:
“I had the chance to meet Nelson Mandela in South Africa, the French President in Paris and it is very special to meet The Queen as well.
“I am going to talk about this to my daughter and everybody, I asked my wife if she had ever been inside and she said ‘No’. So to go in as the captain of Arsenal Football Club is more than an honour.”