On Thursday, October 26 Arsenal Football Club were honoured to welcome The Duke of Edinburgh to Emirates Stadium to officially open our new home.
The Duke had been scheduled to be joined by Her Majesty The Queen, but unfortunately, Her Majesty was unable to make the journey due to a bad back, which forced her to cancel a number of engagements.
Prince Philip arrived at the Club in mid-afternoon where he was greeted by Club Chairman Peter Hill-Wood.
Directors Ken Friar and Danny Fiszman then spoke to the Duke about the new stadium development, including the social housing scheme, community projects and the new waste recycling centre.
The Duke then headed into the recently opened Arsenal Museum, where he chatted with supporters and looked around the impressive new facility which recalls so much of the Club's glorious history. Next it was on to the Learning Centre, which, like the Museum, is in the Northern Triangle building.
Then it was pitch-side for His Royal Highness. He walked down the tunnel onto the lush surface and was greeted by Manager Arsène Wenger and skipper Thierry Henry. After receiving flowers from Arsène's daughter, Lea, the Duke was introduced to the entire first-team squad by Thierry before watching a demonstration training session on the pitch involving youngsters from Arsenal in the Community Soccer Schools and Junior Gunners.
The Duke then headed back into the stadium to meet Arsenal staff members. He chatted informally with numerous Club employees - even finding time to quip with the physios about the Queen's current need for their healing hands - before heading up to Diamond Club.
There, the Duke met VIP guests and finally, after a brief address by Peter Hill-Wood, was delighted to unveil the plaque to mark the official opening.
As you can see from the pictures of the afternoon, it was a fantastic day for Arsenal FC and the Club would like to sincerely thank Prince Philip for officially opening the stadium. We would also like to wish Her Majesty The Queen well in her recovery from her current back problems.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 1 Nov 2006