San Diego—On February 26th, 1983 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip disembarked the royal ship and greeted San Diegans. The royal ship docked along the Broadway Pier for three days while the Queen toured San Diego. "I was extremely excited," said photojournalist Dale Frost.
Frost snapped pictures as the Queen greeted San Diegans along the embarcadero.
The Queen toured Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Museum of Art, and unveiled a bronze stature of William Shakespeare at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. That same evening she gave a speech to full house.
"It was a pleasure to be there," recalled former Senator James Mills.
Mills was invited to the event and brought along his father.
"The queen came down the left hand aisle and then up on stage," he recalled. "When the queen is on the scene you know she's there."
Mills says she spoke of the relationship between the United States and England. He maintained she was poised and polite.
While visiting San Diego, she stopped to greet sailors and toured an aircraft at North Island.
The following year Prince Andrew also paid a visit to Coronado.