Thierry Henry forgot the name of an Arsenal team-mate while meeting the late Queen Elizabeth II.
The British monarch died peacefully at Balmoral last week aged 96, ending a reign of more than 70 years.
Arsenal legend Henry met the Queen in 2007 with his Gunners team-mates invited to Buckingham Palace to meet Her Majesty after she was unable to attend the Emirates Stadium opening a year earlier.
But the Frenchman was so nervous he forgot the name of one of his own teammates, telling CBS Sports: “I had the opportunity to meet the Queen.
“I was nervous as hell. I remember thinking, “I’m about to play a game or something.”
“If you’re at Buckingham Palace and meet the Queen – I looked at Julio Baptista and forgot his name! I thought, ‘Who is that?’
“It was my duty to introduce everyone. When you’re nervous, do you want to go back to your own language? I don’t think it would have worked if I had spoken French.”
Henry then spoke about his love for the late Queen, adding: “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 just have respect for them.
“It was a great moment, I was nervous as you can see. Everyone’s still grieving, it’s fresh in everyone’s memory and I think it will stay that way for a long time.’
Henry spent eight years at Arsenal from 1999 to 2007, helping the side win two Premier League titles and two FA Cups.
He then worked for Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls before returning to north London on a brief loan in the 2011/12 season.
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