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Queen Elizabeth Shown Her 66-Year-Old Plane Ticket as She Acknowledges British Airways' 100th Anniversary

Gracious Egedegbe
May 26, 2019
02:09 P.M.
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Queen Elizabeth makes a trip down to the British Airways headquarters near Heathrow, and the staff of the airline made it a memorable visit for the monarch.


In honor of the 100th anniversary of the airline, Queen Elizabeth paid a cordial visit to the company’s headquarters, and the staff was exhilarated to have the monarch over as they regaled her with the airline’s artifacts and memories.


The Queen reminisced on earlier times she had made different trips through British Airways. She got to see the handwritten ticket issued to her during her first flight as a monarch which was six months after her coronation in 1953.  

At the time, the Queen had traveled to Jamaica. "Oh yes, I remember," she beamed as she acknowledged the ticket. Although Queen Elizabeth owns no passport, she is the most traveled monarch in the history of Britain and has gone on 266 trips to 116 countries.


The 93-year-old royalty got to see some documentation of her great trips. The monarch was impressed as she said:

“Very nice....lots of different travels to different places.”

She, however, admitted to having some muddled up memories as a result of the large number of trips she made. Acting as a tour guide was Jim Davies who worked at British Airways for 36 years before retiring.

Davies accompanied the Queen as she toured the Speedbird Centre, British Airways’ museum. She visited the booking office, customer services, and got a peek at an older model of one of their planes named “The Elizabethan.”


Dressed in one of her signature outfits, Her Royal Majesty looked graceful in a sky blue coat which she matched with a hat. Alex Cruz, CEO of BA was pumped by the Queen’s visit as he described it as a topper for the centenary celebrations. Cruz said:

“If there is a moment that sums up this year for us, it is today. She took a huge amount of interest throughout the visit.”


On another of her August visits, Queen Elizabeth made a royal appearance at the 150th anniversary of a British superstore. The monarch was impressed at the level of technology she saw at the store. 

The Queen was curious and even had a moment of doubt about the accuracy of the technology adopted. “And you can't trick it? You can't cheat?” she asked, showing concerns about self-service payments.

When it comes to technology, Queen Elizabeth is usually fascinated. Earlier in March, the Monarch was observed getting more knowledge about computer coding initiatives for kids at the Science Museum in London.