It was July 6, 1976, the bicentenary year, and Hobie Cawood was proud to show Queen Elizabeth the historic landmark.
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Hobie Cawood, 87, was superintendent of Independence National Historic Park when Queen Elizabeth visited Philadelphia.
It was July 6, 1976, the bicentennial year, and Cawood was proud to show Her Highness the historic landmark.
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After the tour, when the Queen presented a bell to the United States, Cawood was invited on the royal yacht Brittania.
In a saloon on the ship, he had a long conversation with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. There, the Queen told Cawood that her sister, Princess Margaret, wanted Cawood to know that she remembered him when he gave her a tour two years earlier in 1974.
The queen, Cawood recalled from his North Carolina home, was thoughtful, curious and easy to be around.
“I’ve met many world leaders… but Queen Elizabeth II is at the top of the list. She asked some very intelligent questions along the way about how convenient it was. The Queen might be an intimidating person, but when you meet her, she comes by as a friend. She was easy to talk to,” Cawood said.
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After meeting the royal couple on Brittania, Cawood and his wife attended a special dinner at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he again interacted with the Queen.
“My wife and I were talking to someone else and someone touched my elbow and there she was and she’s like, ‘You look very different tonight,'” Cawood recalled. “I wore a tuxedo instead of a National Park Service uniform. She was wearing a tiara and a peachy dress, and I said, ‘Your Majesty, you must be handsome too.'”
In 2013 the bell was moved to make way for the Museum of the American Revolution. It is currently in storage but will be relocated soon.
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