As the world remembers Queen Elizabeth II, the DC region remembers some of her visits here, including her first football game.
As the world remembers Queen Elizabeth II, the DC region remembers some of the unique events that surrounded her visits over the years.
One particularly special event was the queen’s first football game. It happened on October 19, 1957 at the University of Maryland in College Park.
“The game was called the ‘Queen’s Game,’ and that’s how it was advertised,” said Julie Taddeo, a research professor of history at the University of Maryland.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had met President Dwight Eisenhower at the White House, but they also wanted to watch a soccer game. Coincidentally, while they were here, the University of Maryland Terrapins were playing the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
They decided to go there and see it.
“There was a lot of emotion and the stadium was packed,” said Taddeo. “It was a great moment, because I think they wanted to be a part of something that is quintessentially American, and that is soccer.”
Several photos taken in the game show the queen surrounded by great soccer players. She also met with Maryland Governor Theodore McKeldin.
“The Queen and the Governor of Maryland stood with the team captains and inspected the coin that would be used for the coin toss and Prince Philip was presented with an autographed soccer ball,” Taddeo said.
The Terps won the game, 21-7.
Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died on Thursday after 70 years on the throne. She was 96.
His son Prince Charles, 73, has automatically become king and will be known as King Charles III, it was announced. British monarchs in the past selected new names when taking the throne. Charles’s second wife, Camilla, will be known as the queen consort.
A funeral was to be held after 10 days of official mourning.
Associated Press contributed to this report.
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