It was with deep regret that we have learnt today of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Philip had a long association with the club. His first visit to Highbury in an official capacity came in October 1952, just eight months after Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne.
Fittingly, that visit was to support a charity fixture between the Gunners and Hibernian and he subsequently supported a number of other charitable initiatives at the club, including visiting the community department to learn about the ‘Double Club’ in 2000. His Royal Highness was also present at a number of Wembley cup finals in which Arsenal participated.
First and foremost however, he will always be remembered by Arsenal supporters for officially opening Emirates Stadium on October 26, 2006 when he showed a keen interest in our new home, speaking to players, management, supporters and many staff. It was an unforgettable day for all concerned.
The club’s thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and their extended family.
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