Queen Elizabeth Shown Her 66-Year-Old Plane Ticket as She Acknowledges British Airways' 100th Anniversary
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.
Today marks a very special day for all of us at British Airways as we warmly welcomed Her Majesty The Queen in a visit commemorating our 100th Anniversary. @RoyalFamily #BA100 #BritishAirways #Centenary pic.twitter.com/svYlgYRlmr— British Airways (@British_Airways) May 23, 2019
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 Heritage centre includes The Queen’s first ticket for a long haul flight after her Coronation, which was with The Duke of Edinburgh to Jamaica 🇯🇲. pic.twitter.com/j05QZHw08o— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 23, 2019
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.”
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The Queen today visited @British_Airways, which will reach its centenary on 25 August. Her Majesty met staff from across the BA, as well as crew dressed in heritage uniforms from the 1930s to the present day. The Queen also heard more about Flying Start, a global charity partnership with Comic Relief that aims to help children and young people secure better chances in life. Afterwards, The Queen toured the Heritage Centre, which displays the 100 year history of British Airways. The Heritage Centre includes The Queen’s first ticket for a long haul flight after her Coronation, which was with The Duke of Edinburgh to Jamaica 🇯🇲 Swipe to see!
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.”
Today, The Queen has been taken back in time to an "original Sainsbury’s store" from 1869 at an event to mark the British retail chain’s 150th anniversary. pic.twitter.com/DQNT6fUD5R— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 22, 2019
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.
Today, The Queen has published her first @instagram post on The Royal Family's Instagram channel, to celebrate a visit to the @sciencemuseum— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 7, 2019
Take a look here https://t.co/fwQKuMiH4H pic.twitter.com/EozHCjqalx
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.