On Thursday, September 8th, the world said goodbye to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. Many are mourning the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II while also reflecting on the legacy she left behind. That legacy included a visit to Seattle.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited Seattle on March 7, 1983, a Seattle that very few of us probably remember. The stop was part of their 10-day Pacific Coast tour of the United States and their last US stop before heading north to Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. While it’s been many years since her last local visit her presence certainly hasn’t been forgotten.
What’s a better way to celebrate her life and local legacy than to look back at some of the photos from her visit?
Here is Her Majesty arriving at Boeing Field.
— Ric Peavyhouse (@RPeavyhouse) September 9, 2022
Here she is at our very own University of Washington.
#QueenElizabeth visited Seattle on March 7, 1983 and spoke to a crowd at @UW. “I am delighted that at last I have been given the opportunity to visit the other Washington, and particularly the city of Seattle,” she said. “We have had a wonderful and enjoyable journey.” pic.twitter.com/uMWJRkbLQL
— MOHAI (@MOHAI) September 8, 2022
Here she is with former Seattle Mayor Charles Royer (check out the Monorail tracks in the back).
As her family and the world awaits word on the health of 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, a look back at Her Majesty’s 1983 royal visit to Seattle.
— Feliks Banel (@FeliksBanel) September 8, 2022
Speaking of Mr. Royer, here is a statement he released on his time with the Queen as reported by King 5 News.
“Today I join with so many others around the world who are mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth, who helped guide not just Britain but the world with dignity, calm and consummate grace over her historic seven-decade reign. My heartfelt condolences go out to her family and her country for their great loss,” he said.
“I remember with great fondness the Queen’s visit to Seattle in 1983, during my second term as mayor. Her visit helped put Seattle on the global map. Her kindness and humor was impossible to miss, and she drew huge and adoring crowds here. Her visit furthered the bond between our two countries, and strengthened our trade and partnership with Great Britain. And something I’ll never forget, she remarked that I looked like her son, Prince, now King, Charles!”
The Queen’s last US visit was in 2007 where she was welcomed to our nation’s capital by Former President George W. Bush.