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Antonio Conte says he travelled to Buckingham Palace after hearing of Her Majesty the Queen's death last week in order to pay his respects.
The Tottenham boss busy preparing for his side's crunch trip to Manchester City over the weekend, but admitted that the postponement of that game allowed him to experience a moment he says he'll "never forget".
"What happened in England in the last few days is a shock," Conte said. "She was 96-years-old and for me honestly it was very difficult to believe that she had died: in your mind, you think that the Queen is immortal."
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The Italian manager labelled the Queen "outstanding" and said he wanted to go down to the Palace in person to soak up the unique atmosphere of an entire nation in mourning.
"At this moment there is big sadness in the country. I live in London and on Friday I went to Buckingham Palace like a normal person – because I am a normal person with a heart – to live this situation because for sure I will remember this for the rest of our lives," he added.
"We are talking about a situation that will be history in the future. To be here in this moment, to live this is for sure a sad moment but a the same time it is a special moment because we are talking about the death of a queen. I will keep this in my heart and my mind for the rest of my life."
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Conte went on to say that he supported the Premier League's decision to postpone the weekend's fixtures, arguing that it was "important" to "show great respect" for the Queen's death.
The 53-year-old has impressed during his short stint in charge of Tottenham, who find themselves just a point behind league leaders Arsenal after six matches.
Previously, Conte spent two years in England as Chelsea boss, winning the Premier League and the FA Cup.
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