AUSTIN, Texas — There was a time when royalty came to Austin.

It was an arrival like no other – a sleek Concorde jet landing at what was once known as Bergstrom Air Force Base.

In 1991, for the first time in history, a Queen of England – Queen Elizabeth II – visited Texas.

It was a whirlwind trip – Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, all in a quick two days. But it was enough time for the Queen to visit the State Capitol as 8,000 people gathered outside on a 90-degree day to catch a peek at royalty.

The Queen addressed the crowd:

“One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, the British Counsel in Texas reported to our foreign office that Texans are rough and wild, but their consistency and courage are admirable.”

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Later that day, there was an invitation-only dinner at the LBJ Library on the University of Texas campus.

In and out of Austin quickly, it was just long enough for Austinites to take a break from their lives and enjoy that magical day nearly 30 years ago.


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