Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to British Airways today to commemorate the carrier’s 100th birthday.
Escorted by CEO Alex Cruz, the Queen was met by staff dressed in heritage uniforms from the 1930s to present day. The Queen also learned about Flying Start, the UK’s charity that supports children and young people in need (which makes me think of another queen named Moses…). No telling whether the Queen giggled when watching Rowan Atkinson or Ian McKellen.
Inside the Heritage Centre in Middlesex, the Queen browsed artifacts including tickets from her flight on British Airways. That was a trip to Jamaica with Prince Philip just after her Coronation in 1953.
The Duke of Edinburgh, now retired from public service, did not join the Queen. Prince Philip, of course, famously called economy class “ghastly” and that was before British Airways reduced seat pitch to 29 inches!
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The trip to Heathrow was the Queen’s first since she and Prince Philip opened “The Queen’s Terminal” (Terminal 2) in 2014.
I wasn’t even aware that British Airways has a Heritage Centre. It’s located just northwest of Heathrow. Next time I’m in town, I will attempt to check it out.
And may I just add here that the Queen looked so sharp today in her blue dress, blue hat, and white gloves. 93-years old, 67-years on the throne, and still a very faithful public servant. I just love the distinction between Head of State and Prime Minister in the UK system. The Prime Minster may have resigned today, but the Head of State endures as a force of stability. But now we are getting sidetracked…
image: Buckingham Palace Queen Elizabeth British Airways