A Look Back at Queen Elizabeth’s Trip to Connecticut in 1976 – NBC Connecticut

Queen Elizabeth II died Thursday at the age of 96, and the world mourns the loss and remembers the monarch who reigned for seven decades.

During her world travels, Queen Elizabeth made a brief trip to Connecticut in July 1976. She visited the United States during the celebration of the bicentennial of the American Revolution and documentation of the visit is held by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.

On the night of Friday, July 9, 1976, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, set sail on HMY Britannia from New York to New Haven.

The couple arrived at City Dock in New Haven at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, and were at Tweed-New Haven Airport by 10:25 a.m.

Moments later, they flew from New Haven to Charlottesville, Virginia, according to the trip’s itinerary.

The New York Times website has an Associated Press article from July 11, 1976, which says that 50,000 people lined the docks, streets and airport of New Haven to preview the visit of 40 minutes from the queen.

Governor Ella Grasso and Mayor Frank Logue of New Haven welcomed the Queen and Prince and presented them with gifts.

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During this trip to the United States, President Ford and the First Lady hosted a dinner for the Queen and Prince at the White House on July 7, 1976, and several Connecticut residents were on the guest list for the dinner. .

They included:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Frederick K. Biebel, of Stratford
  • Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill, of Riverside, Olympic gold medalist in figure skating in 1976
  • Chalmers Hamill, of Riverside, brother and guest of Dorothy Hamill
  • Mr. and Mrs. Reginald H. Jones, of Fairfield, Connecticut
  • Nancy, Lady Keith, New Milford, Connecticut

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