AUSTIN (KXAN) — Nearly three decades ago, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip stepped foot on Texas soil, making the queen the first British monarch to visit the Lone Star State.
On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II died “peacefully” at 96 after more than 70 years on the throne. She was Britain’s longest-serving monarch.
KXAN dug into our archive to find footage of Elizabeth and Philip, who died in April 2021, visiting Austin and other cities in May 1991.
The royal couple spent three days in Texas and made stops in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston.
At the Capitol, Elizabeth was gifted with a Texas flag, a book about the Capitol’s history and, of course, cowboy boots. Philip toured Austin’s Sematech plant.
The LBJ Presidential Library and Museum told KXAN to the best of their knowledge, the queen didn’t meet former President Lyndon B. Johnson during his time in office.
However, Elizabeth and Philip did visit the library during their trip to Austin on May 20, 1991 and met with then Texas Gov. Ann Richards, Lady Bird Johnson, Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson.
The Johnsons exchanged gifts with the royal couple. Elizabeth and Philip gave the family framed signed photographs, the library said.
The pair closed out their Texas tour with a dinner at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Associated Press reports.