Queen Elizabeth of England visits an 8th Air force base to inspect the famed Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, "Memphis Belle".
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Queen Elizabeth, King George VI and Princess Elizabeth during a visit to the 305th Bomb Group.
Duxford Tower with Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth at Duxford
Princess Elizabeth, King George, Queen Mary in front of the Rose of York - B17
Princess Elizabeth, King Georg, Queen Mary - Rose of York B17
"Capt Louise C Bain, [ Danville, IN ] shakes hands with King George IV. At left - Princess Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth and Lt Gen James Doolittle."
"Queen Elizabeth greets crew members on Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 'Rose of York' just christened by Princess Elizabeth."
L-R: 1Lt Joseph Labore [St Paul, MN], 1Lt Ralph R Omon [Florence, CO], 2Lt Thomas A Carruth [Long Beach, CA].
"King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth visit informally with 303rd Bomb Group personnel at an airbase somewhere in England. 6-Jul-44."
Col Kermit D Stevens at far left.
Queen Elizabeth at 78th FG, Duxford.
During the Blitz, the King and Queen visited bombed areas to see the damage caused by enemy air raids. On these visits, the Queen took a keen interest in what was being done to help people who had lost their homes. After Buckingham Palace was bombed on 13 September 1940, she said she felt she could 'look the East End in the face'.
The King and Queen also took a real interest in the work that people were doing, and conducted Royal visits to British and American personnel, troops and places involved in supporting the war effort. This often raised morale and gave workers a renewed enthusiasm for their work. The Ministry of Supply studied the effects of royal visits and found that, in most cases, production figures dropped on the day of the visit but the weekly production figures invariably rose.
Military | King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth
At 6pm on 3 September 1939, King George VI spoke to the people of Britain and the Empire. In his radio broadcast, he talked of the difficult times ahead and urged his people to stand firm.
Military | Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth
Princesses Elizabeth spent most of the war years at Windsor Castle and, like many other British children, was often apart from her parents. In October 1940, 14-year-old Princess Elizabeth broadcast a message to evacuees on the radio programme Children...
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