The Queen and Prince Philip were once left laughing at a bizarre request from ex-Arsenal star Emmanuel Eboue.
Eboue, 38, was Arsenal’s dressing room joker between 2004 and 2011, during which there was never a dull moment with the Ivorian around. The marauding right-back’s great sense of humour has seen him memed a number of times over the years.
And an encounter with Queen Elizabeth II during the Arsenal squad’s visit to Buckingham Palace in 2007 proved there is no limit to his tomfoolery. On that occasion, he ignored the warnings of captain Thierry Henry and left both her majesty and Prince Philip laughing after boldly asking to look after her corgis.
Eboue recalled the hilarious incident to The Telegraph, saying: "We went there and Thierry Henry said to me: 'Please, Emmanuel, this is Buckingham Palace, it's the Queen's house, don't do anything.' 'No problem,' I said. 'Don't worry'.
“So the Queen came in and went along shaking each player's hand. After she'd finished I saw all her corgis so I said, 'Ma'am, Ma'am'.
“She turned back and asked, 'How are you?'
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“And I said, 'Ma'am, I am OK thank you but please, I don't want to be a footballer any more, I want to look after your dogs. I want to take them for walks, wash them, feed them. I want to be a dog carer’.
“The Queen, honestly, she was laughing. Prince Philip was laughing too. All the team were laughing."
We would have loved to have seen how things played out for Eboue had he been offered the position. Unfortunately, he remained an Arsenal player until 2011, before calling time on his career after stints with Galatasaray and Sunderland.
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