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60th Anniversary of Royal Visit to University of Maryland

October 18, 2017

Jennifer Burroughs, 301-405-4621

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- This Thursday marks the 60th anniversary of Her Royal Highness The Queen of England’s visit to the University of Maryland and her first experience at an American college football game. 

The Queen of England at UMD

While on a tour of the United States and Canada in 1957, HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh sat among students and fans to watch UMD compete against the University of North Carolina at the football stadium, now known as the Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. 

A brief recap found in the 1958 Terrapin Yearbook describes the event: 

“A ‘Royal’ atmosphere produced a royal game today as the spirited Terps struck for three second half touchdowns to defeat Jim Tatum and the favored North Carolina Tar Heels 21-7. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, were among the 45,000 fans who packed Byrd Stadium to see the Terps score an upset.”

Additional media resources from The Queen of England’s visit to the University of Maryland can be found here: go.umd.edu/paq