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‘I was so nervous I forgot Baptista’s name!’: Henry on meeting Queen Elizabeth II with Arsenal

‘I was so nervous I forgot Julio Baptista’s name!’: Thierry Henry pays tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II and reveals an endearing story of introducing her to his Arsenal team at Buckingham Palace

  • Thierry Henry paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her death last week
  • Henry spent some of the best years of his career in England at Arsenal
  • And he introduced the Queen to his Arsenal team at Buckingham Palace in 2007

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After spending the golden years of his playing career in London, Thierry Henry was in a good position to see the significance of Queen Elizabeth II’s death last week.

The Frenchman paid tribute to her during his performance on Tuesday’s CBS Champions League show and opened up when he introduced Her Majesty to his Arsenal team at Buckingham Palace.

Henry was known for his gentleness and coolness on and off the field, but admitted he was anything but in the presence of royalty.

Thierry Henry paid an emotional tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her passing last week

Thierry Henry paid an emotional tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her passing last week

In 2007 Henry introduced the Queen to his Arsenal team after they were invited to Buckingham Palace for afternoon tea

In 2007 Henry introduced the Queen to his Arsenal team after they were invited to Buckingham Palace for afternoon tea

In 2007 Henry introduced the Queen to his Arsenal team after they were invited to Buckingham Palace for afternoon tea

“I had the chance to meet the Queen and I was terrified,” Henry said. “I remember thinking, ‘I’m going to play a game or something’.

‘When you are in Buckingham Palace and you meet the Queen – I looked at Julio Baptista and forgot his name! I was like “who is that?”.

“It was my duty to introduce everyone (as captain of Arsenal). If you’re nervous, do you want to go back to your native language? I don’t think if I had spoken French it would have worked.

“It’s very difficult to talk about her in the past tense. I’m French, I’m proud to be French… but I’m a Londoner. I tend to understand what the royal family was, what they represented and I only have respect for her.

“It was a great moment, I was nervous as you saw. Everyone is still grieving, it’s still fresh in everyone’s minds and I think that will last a long time.’

Henry said he was so nervous when he met the Queen that he almost started talking in French

Henry said he was so nervous when he met the Queen that he almost started talking in French

Henry said he was so nervous when he met the Queen that he almost started talking in French

The Arsenal side was invited to afternoon tea with the Queen in 2007, a year after being unable to open the club’s Emirates stadium.

Last week, Arsenal had traveled to Switzerland to face Zurich in their first group match of the Europa League campaign of the season and only learned of the Queen’s death at half-time.

The resumption of the second half was postponed so that both sides could pay their respects with a minute’s silence in memory of Her Majesty.


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