Queen Elizabeth II visited Maryland to watch college football 62 years ago Saturday
Queen Elizabeth II greets football players from Maryland and North Carolina on Oct. 19, 1957. (Image via Maryland Athletics/Twitter)
God Save The Queen, or in this case, Testudo, Give The Queen Football!
Maryland didn’t have much success Saturday, losing to Indiana 34-28 and dropping to 3-4 on the season. The results on the field weren’t what the team wanted, but Saturday marked a historical date for Maryland.
On Oct. 19, 1957, Queen Elizabeth II came to College Park and attended her first and only college football game: Maryland vs. No. 14 North Carolina.
62 years ago TODAY, Queen Elizabeth II attended her first and only college football game in none other than College Park!
Terps defeated the Tar Heels 21-7 pic.twitter.com/Q0ICxIDynC
— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) October 19, 2019
It was a big game for the Terps, entering the contest with a 1-3 record against the rival Tar Heels. However, with the Queen and a season-high 43,000 fans in attendance at the former Byrd Stadium, Maryland played its best game of the season, defeating North Carolina 21-7.
The Terps would finish the 1957 season with a 5-5 record, but the victory against the Tar Heels was Maryland’s only ranked win of the season.
God Save The Queen indeed, as the Terps are still 1-0 when Her Majesty is in attendance.