Do you remember when Seattle was graced with royalty?
Seattle was the last stop on a 10-day, West Coast tour for the queen and her husband Prince Philip at the invitation of President Ronald Reagan, who hosted them at his California ranch. The royals went to Seattle Children’s hospital and then UW’s Hec Edmundson Pavilion where the queen spoke to a crowd of 8,500 spectators. She even told a joke about a 1859 conflict between the US + England that almost elevated into a war over a San Juan Islands pig. Well, you kinda had to be there.
When the queen + prince departed the city for Victoria, BC later that day, several bonfires were lit on Puget Sound’s shores to bid them farewell.