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
The fans gather outside Buckingham Palace
Henry leads the Arsenal team off the bus at the Palace
Djourou and Hoyte lead the team into the residence
The Arsenal party pose for a photograph
Hleb, Fabregas and Almunia in the royal residence
The players enjoy the splendour of Buckingham Palace
Baptista and company take in their surroundings
Flamini and Rosicky enjoy a nice cup of tea
Freddie gets his hands on another cup
The Queen with Peter Hill-Wood, Ken Friar and the boss
Arsène Wenger shares a joke with Her Majesty
Henry introduces Alexander Hleb to The Queen
Diaby and Aliadiere meet the monarch
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