|A "Royal" atmosphere produced a royal game today as the spirited Terps struck for three second half touchdowns to defeat Jim Tatum and the favored North Carolina Tar Heels 21-7. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, were among the 45,000 fans who packed Byrd Stadium to see the Terps score an upset.
- 1958 Terrapin Yearbook
It truly was the "Game of the Year." Queen Elizabeth and her consort Prince Phillip - on a 10 day visit to Canada and the United States - came to College Park to see an American college football game - a "typical American sport" as she called it. And it all happened 50 years ago October 19th.
The Queen's Game truly
Royal Affair -
Oct. 19, 1957
The University of Maryland Archives is commemorating the 50th anniversary of "The Queen's Game" with a special exhibit in the Audrey Armistead Ruckert Reception Foyer of Hornbake Library on campus.
Royal Remembrances: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Queen's Game features images and other memorabilia - including a Canadian flag that flew over the stadium -
from the Queen's Game, as well as her visit afterwards to a local Giant food store on Queen's Chapel Road (Giant has contributed funds to help with this exhibit).
An October 4 reception honored the 1957 Terrapin football team and featured the world premier of the documentary - Maryland's Queen for a Day - produced by Maryland alumnus Mike Springirth chronicling many of the game day events.
"The Queen and Prince Philip followed the action closely," says University Archivist Anne Turkos. Maryland President Wilson Elkins and Governor Theodore R. McKeldin provided a running commentary on the game and answered questions about life at the university.
"At halftime, the Queen received a number of gifts from the university, including a diamond and ruby-studded terrapin-shaped brooch," says Turkos. Co-captains Gene Alderton and Jack Healy presented Prince Phillip with a football signed by the entire team when the game was over.
Afterwards, the Queen and Prince headed to a local Giant Food Store on Queen's Chapel Road near Mount Ranier to get a "taste" for something else neither had ever seen before - a supermarket.