The British Headquarters staff were treated to a special guest appearance on the 23rd of May, 2019. Crowds were thrilled to see Her Majesty The Queen on her visit to Heathrow Waterside BA HQ centre, as part of the airline’s centenary celebrations.
The Queen was introduced to members of the airline’s Community Investment team and champions from around the company who raise money for Flying Start, British Airways’ charity partnership with Comic Relief. More than £20 million has been raised by customers and colleagues for children leading incredibly tough lives, A truly incredible achievement!
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO made a short speech and invited Her Majesty The Queen to unveil a plaque with the airline’s centenary logo and the words: Her Majesty The Queen visited Waterside to mark British Airways’ centenary – 23rd May 2019.
While at Waterside, Her Majesty The Queen was introduced to colleagues in heritage uniforms from across the airline’s history. She also visited the British Airways’ museum, The Speedbird Centre, where she was shown artefacts and memorabilia recounting to her many historic journeys with British Airways throughout her reign.
The images were from 1951 when the then HRH Princess Elizabeth and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh made their first transatlantic flight on a Boeing Stratocruiser from London to Montreal aboard British Airways’ predecessor, BOAC, as well as a photo from Her Majesty The Queen’s first Commonwealth tour in 1953, after her Coronation.
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