Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died Thursday at the age of 96. As the world remembers her 70-year reign, the W&M News is taking a look back at her visits to William & Mary and connection to the university.
On Oct. 16, 1957, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visited the Historic Triangle as part of the 350th anniversary of the landing at Jamestown. They had tea at the President’s House, spoke from the balcony of the Wren Building to a crowd of roughly 20,000 people and accepted gifts from the university, according to Swem Library records.
Fifty years later Queen Elizabeth II visited the campus on May 4, 2007, while she was in Virginia to help commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. She was made an honorary member of the W&M Class of 2007, greeted more than 7,000 people from the balcony of the Wren Building and rang the Wren bell.