Queen Elizabeth II made no secret of her love for sport during her 70-year reign on the British throne – but mystery surrounded her football allegiances for decades.
The longest-reigning British monarch in history was heavily linked to two current Premier League sides and had connections to a further two – revealing plenty in private chats with sporting stars.
Daily Star Sport has taken a look at the four clubs she was linked to in more detail, despite a Buckingham Palace spokesman once saying: "Which team she supports is not something we would know."
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In 2007, Arsenal stars as well as manager Arsene Wenger looked delighted to be given a tour around Buckingham Palace.
According to Cesc Fabregas, Her Majesty told them at the time that she was a Gunner.
He said: "It seems the Queen follows football and she told us she was an Arsenal fan.
"She appeared to definitely know who I was and we exchanged a few special words."
The Queen once broke royal tradition to sign footballs for young children during a trip to Malaysia back in 1998 – balls with the logo of Manchester United.
Another hint at a potential Red Devils connection came the same year when she told Sir Alex Ferguson that no one would repeat their treble heroics.
Ferguson said: "The Queen told me she doesn't think it will ever be achieved again and she's right."
While keeping her true allegiance private, The Queen may well have had a soft spot for Liverpool due to her favourite player being Michael Owen.
Speaking on the Sacked in the Morning Podcast, former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson once said: "I was invited to lunch with The Queen with about another 10 people. At a certain point, I asked her if she liked football. She said not really.
"I asked her for her favourite player or team. I thought she would've said (David) Beckham. "Michael Owen is my favourite player," she said. I asked why and she said: 'He looks so clean'. That was the answer I got and we didn't go on with that discussion."
The Queen is said to have openly expressed her support for West Ham at Buckingham Palace in a chat with staff.
The Mirror quote a Windsor Castle source as saying: "The Queen has never wanted people to know who she supports because she wants to be seen to be neutral.
"But she gave up her secret after overhearing one of her staff members saying he was a Millwall fan and was talking to another member of staff about the derby between West Ham and their arch rivals.
"They were quite shocked – after all, she's not exactly your typical West Ham fan."
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