Emirates Stadium was officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on Thursday afternoon.

He took over the role after The Queen injured her back and was unable to attend. The Duke started at the Arsenal Learning Centre before receiving a briefing on the stadium development.

After visiting the Arsenal Museum, he was introduced to Arsène Wenger and the first team squad at pitchside.

The Duke also oversaw a demonstration training session involving children from the Arsenal Soccer Schools and the Junior Gunners.

The event culminated with the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the official opening of the stadium.

 

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood welcomes the Duke of Edinburgh

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood welcomes The Duke of Edinburgh

Managing director Keith Edelman chats to the Duke

Managing director Keith Edelman chats to the Duke


 

The Duke of Edinburgh meets Arsène Wenger

The Duke of Edinburgh meets Arsène Wenger

The Duke chats with our manager

The Duke chats with our manager


 

The scoreboard welcomes our guest

The scoreboard welcomes our guest

The squad wait on the pitch

The squad wait on the pitch


 

The players line up to meet the guest of honour

The players line up to meet the guest of honour

The Duke meets striker Jeremie Aliadiere

The Duke meets striker Jeremie Aliadiere


 

The Duke stops to chat to some of the Arsenal players

The Duke stops to chat to some of the Arsenal players

Peter Hill-Wood introduces the Duke to honoured guests

Peter Hill-Wood introduces the Duke to honoured guests


 

In the absence of the Queen, the Duke unveils a commorative plaque

In the absence of the Queen, the Duke unveils a commorative plaque

Emirates Stadium is officially open

Emirates Stadium is officially open


 

Left to right - Hoyte, Djourou, Toure, Senderos, Song

Left to right - Hoyte, Djourou, Toure, Senderos, Song

The Duke visits the Learning Centre

The Duke visits the Learning Centre


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