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Feb. 26, 1983: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh depart the HMY Britannia in San Diego. This photo was published in the Feb. 27, 1983, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick Downs / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 26, 1983: California Gov. George Deukmejian and Mrs. Deukmejian, at left, watch as Mrs. George Finlayson, wife of the British consul general, curtsies before Queen Elizabeth II in a reception line at the Broadway Street Pier in San Diego. This photo was published in the Feb. 27, 1983, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 27, 1983: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip board Air Force II in San Diego for a trip to Palm Springs. This photo was published in the Feb. 28, 1983, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Grieser / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 27, 1983: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II receives the key to the city from Long Beach Mayor Thomas Clark at Long Beach Airport after arriving from Palm Springs. This photo was published in the Feb. 28, 1983, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 28, 1983: In Downey, Queen Elizabeth II and George Jeffs, president of Rockwell Aerospace, visit a display of an Apollo space capsule. This photo was published in an evening edition of the Feb. 28, 1983, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Armstrong / Los Angeles Times

March 1, 1983: Queen Elizabeth II carries flowers while on a tour of City of Hope. At right is City of Hope President Meyer E. Hersch and left is Dr. Charles Mittman, executive medical director at City of Hope. This photo was published in the March 3, 1983, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cassy Cohen / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 28, 1983: Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd while escorted into Los Angeles City Hall by Mayor Tom Bradley. This photo was published in the March 1, 1983, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fitzgerald Whitney / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 27, 1983: During a banquet at 20th Century-Fox's Sound Stage 9, Queen Elizabeth II, center, jokes with actor Michael Caine, left. At right is Tony Richardson and Nancy Reagan. Holmes Tuttle sits between Caine and the queen. This photo was published in the March 1, 1983, L.A. Times View Section.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Mar. 1, 1983: Queen Elizabeth II and President Ronald Reagan chat at Santa Barbara airport before the departing on four-wheel-drive vehicles to visit the Reagans at their hilltop ranch. This photo published in the Mar. 2, 1983 LA Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Mar. 4, 1983: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II appears to do a double-take at woman in period costume during tour of Sutters Fort in Sacramento. This photo was published in the Mar. 5, 1983 LA Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Mar. 5, 1983: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits Yosemite National Park accompanied by park superintendent Robert O. Binnewies. This photo was published in the Mar. 6, 1983 LA Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

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Queen Elizabeth II’s 1983 California visit

During an official state visit from Feb. 26 and March 6, 1983, Queen Elizabeth II toured the United States’ West Coast.

In a Feb. 27, 1983, Queen Elizabeth II address to the Los Angeles City Council,  she thanked Americans for their support during the 1982 Falkland Islands war. A Times story the next morning also reported:

The queen lightheartedly reminded Los Angeles residents that her northward journey from San Diego this weekend paralleled a similar trip made 400 years ago by Sir Francis Drake “who (unsuccessfully) claimed this territory as Nova Albion for the first Queen Elizabeth and for the queen’s successors forever.”

“I am happy, though, to give you an immediate assurance, Mr. Mayor, that I have not come here to press the claim.”

During this visit, Queen Elizabeth II stopped in San Diego, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Sierra Madre, Duarte, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Sacramento, Stanford, Palo Alto, Yosemite and Seattle.

Los Angeles Times photographers covered many of the queen’s stops. Staff photographer George Rose covered the entire West Coast visit.

3 Comments

  1. August 22, 2012, 7:55 am

    Is it possible that there are any other pictures of the queens visit with Los Angeles city councilors after her address to them?

    By: Rebecca Smith
  2. April 22, 2016, 9:59 am

    I was thrilled to greet Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Yosemite in 1983. That was an El Nino year, as suggested by the photograph. The royal party actually got "trapped" in the park for an extra day due to flooding and rock slides. That provided the Queen with a rare unscheduled day. She seemed to greatly enjoy just being a park visitor.

    By: Bob Binnewies
  3. November 6, 2016, 7:34 am

    Santa Barbara court house, I was there. Just telling someone about this & thought to look it up. She walked by me close, on that cold rainy day.

    By: annlvyb2@aol.com

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