Her Majesty’s official excursions are planned meticulously. The trips usually mean she travels with a significant entourage.
Queen Elizabeth has a glowing reputation for her successful royal visits across the globe. The UK’s longest serving monarch has travelled to more than 120 counties.
Be it, on diplomatic, peace-preserving or sometimes even political missions, she has done it all. The latter has sometimes put the safety of Her Majesty at risk. It was during one such occasion where the Duke of Edinburgh, Philip’s wife, was said to be “impatient”.
She was quite adamant the trip continue.
The visit in question was the first-ever trip to Ghana by a British sovereign, in the year 1961. It was considered controversial and dangerous according to author Sarah Bradford. She cited the Cold War tensions and battles between the west and east over African states as specific warning signs.
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In her new book: ‘Queen Elizabeth II, Her Life in Our Times’, she wrote: “The Government was genuinely concerned that the Queen might be killed, or indeed by an assignation attempt. If she was advised by the Government to cancel plans because of the deteriorating political situation in Africa Macmillan, feared Ghana would leave the Commonwealth”.
Quoting a letter from Macmillan in the book, it stated:-
“Her Majesty has been absolutely determined all through. She is grateful for MPS and Press concerns about her safety. But she is impatient of the attitude towards her to treat her as a woman. She has great faith in the work she can do in the Commonwealth especially”.
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After the huge safety concerns, and prevention measures, the trip went smoothly and without a hitch. Yet while Queen Elizabeth remained strong for this, she supposedly showed her terror during another aspect of a royal tour. Royal writer, Kitty Kelley has shone light on the monarch’s less than confident side in her recent book.
‘The Royals’ details the difference in character between the Queen and Philip.
It was during their official state trips abroad. She said during such occasions, Queen Elizabeth II appeared to feel “self conscious” about “the gaps in her education”.
Royal author, Kitty wrote: The Duke of Edinburgh, Philip chatted with anyone about anything. While Queen Elizabeth worried constantly about what to say”. The monarch, although never showing apprehension, seemingly feared public discussion according to the author.