Arsène Wenger and his Arsenal squad finally got to meet The Queen on Thursday, February 15 when they visited Buckingham Palace for afternoon tea with Her Majesty.

The 80-year-old monarch 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.

Wenger said: "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."

Take a look at our picture special from Thursday's visit.

 

Diaby, Henry, Aliadiere and Gallas prepare to leave Emirates Stadium

Diaby, Henry, Aliadiere and Gallas prepare to leave Emirates Stadium

The fans gather outside Buckingham Palace

The fans gather outside Buckingham Palace


 

Henry leads the Arsenal team off the bus at the Palace

Henry leads the Arsenal team off the bus at the Palace

Djourou and Hoyte lead the team into the residence

Djourou and Hoyte lead the team into the residence


 

The Arsenal party pose for a photograph

The Arsenal party pose for a photograph

Hleb, Fabregas and Almunia in the royal residence

Hleb, Fabregas and Almunia in the royal residence


 

The players enjoy the splendour of Buckingham Palace

The players enjoy the splendour of Buckingham Palace

Baptista and company take in their surroundings

Baptista and company take in their surroundings


 

Flamini and Rosicky enjoy a nice cup of tea

Flamini and Rosicky enjoy a nice cup of tea

Freddie gets his hands on another cup

Freddie gets his hands on another cup


 

The Queen with Peter Hill-Wood, Ken Friar and the boss

The Queen with Peter Hill-Wood, Ken Friar and the boss

Arsène Wenger shares a joke with Her Majesty

Arsène Wenger shares a joke with Her Majesty


 

Henry introduces Alexander Hleb to The Queen

Henry introduces Alexander Hleb to The Queen

Diaby and Aliadiere meet the monarch

Diaby and Aliadiere meet the monarch



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