Queen Elizabeth saw a Maryland-UNC college football game in 1957 – USA TODAY

  • September 9, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II of England died at age 96 on Thursday and as the world mourns her death, she is being remembered by those who were fortunate to meet her. 
Elizabeth, who was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, wanted to watch an American sport while on a trip to Washington in 1957.
She and Prince Philip went to nearby Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland on Oct. 19, 1957 to watch the Terrapins take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. 
Maryland halfback Jack Healy said he posed for photos before meeting the queen.
“Naturally, we were nervous and this increased the pressure somewhat,” Healy said to the school paper, The Diamondback, adding Elizabeth “looked like any typical American woman,” but was different only by her “precious English accent.”
#OTD 60 years ago, Queen Elizabeth II visited #UMD to watch @TerpsFootball – her first American college football game. #TBT pic.twitter.com/YIe805dPNP
Healy, who wrote a first-person account for the school paper, also said that he met Prince Philip. The university gave him a football as a gift, but Philip asked, “Is this the ball you are going to use in the game this afternoon?”
Healy told Philip that the football was his to keep and to give it to his young son, Charlie – now, King Charles III.
The Queen arrived just after 1 p.m for the game, according to UMD Archives
The school went all out in preparation for her arrival.
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen, Elizabeth II.

We had the honor of hosting The Queen for a football game on her first state visit to the United States in 1957.

We join those mourning across the world. pic.twitter.com/hm9DSrkHxX
Construction workers built a box for the Queen and her entourage to watch the game. During halftime, bands from both schools formed together to spell out “USA-BRIT” plus playing the “Star Spangled Banner and “God Save the Queen.”
The Queen, according to reports, was very engaged in the game, and left minutes before the game ended so she could have dinner with President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 
Maryland ended up winning the game 21-7.

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