Arsenal have expressed sadness on the news about the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip at the age of 99 on Friday, April 9.
Prince Philip had a longstanding relationship with the Premier League club following his first visit to their Highbury Stadium in 1952.
According to BBC, Buckingham Palace confirmed the death of the Duke who returned home on March 16 after a whole month in the hospital.
The Gunners said in their statement that Prince Philip was a part of a number of initiatives they embarked on in their communities.
He was also mostly present at FA Cup finals especially when Arsenal were participating in the match and would also be remembered for commissioning the Emirates Stadium on October 26, 2006. The Gunners said on their official website:
“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 Royal Highness the Queen and their extended family.”