Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has revealed that he took a trip to Buckingham Palace over the weekend to pay his respects after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. Thousands of people have been flooding to the palace gates over the last few days to leave flowers or simply to reflect on the news of the Queen’s death, which has seen Britain enter into a period of national mourning.
All of the weekend’s football matches from the Premier League down to grassroots were postponed in the wake of the news before the FA gave the green light for fixtures to resume on Monday evening. Conte has since revealed that he joined mourners at Buckingham Palace on Friday after feeling sadness upon learning that the Queen had died, with the Italian coach fully aware of the event’s historical nature.
“For sure what happened in the last few days in England is something extraordinary,” Conte told reporters ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Sporting in the Champions League on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, the Queen died. Honestly, on Thursday, we were all sad because we are talking about a person that her service for this country was outstanding.
“I think that in this moment there is big sadness in the country for this and [I was] living this atmosphere in London. And on Friday I went to Buckingham Palace like a normal person, because I am normal person! I did it with a hat [on], to live this situation because I think for sure we will remember this for the rest of our lives.”
Conte went on to explain that he feels the Premier League made the right call by postponing last weekend’s fixtures as a mark of respect to the Queen, who he admired greatly.
“I want to give condolences from me, from the club, from the players to the Royal family,” he added. “Then football has to go ahead and we will do it, but I think the Premier League made an important decision to stop football and show respect for the death of the Queen.
“We are talking about a situation that we will find it in the story of the future. To stay here in this moment and to live this moment here is for sure a sad moment, but at the same time it is a special moment because we are talking about the death of the Queen.
“She was 96 years old and honestly for me it was very difficult to believe she was dead, because in your mind you think that the Queen was immortal. To live this situation in London, in this specific moment, for sure I will keep this in my heart, in my mind for the rest of my life.”
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Published at Mon, 12 Sep 2022 20:45:00 +0000