Royals, and not Kansas City variety, to see Oriole game Britain's Queen Elizabeth plans to take in an Orioles game during visit.

April 10, 1991|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,Evening Sun Staff

You're one of the wealthiest and most-watched women in the world, on an official state visit to the United States. So what do you do for fun?

Get yerself to Bawlmer and catch the O's, hon. What else?

The Orioles front office was all abuzz today about news that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, would take in at least part of the May 15 Orioles home game against the defending American League champion Oakland Athletics.

"People are just finding out about it now, but the buzzing is as great as we've ever had it here for a visitor, I can tell you that," said Orioles spokesman Rick Vaughn.

There was a chance President Bush would join the royal couple at the ballpark, Vaughn said, perhaps to explain what's going on; it's believed this will be the queen's first close encounter with the mysteries of baseball. She did attend a University of Maryland football game in 1957.

The May visit is the handiwork of Orioles owner Eli S. Jacobs, who extended the invitation to the queen.

But Vaughn was unable to say how the boss pulled it off. "I wish I could tell you. I don't know what his connection is," he said.

Word of her acceptance came back three weeks ago, but the club kept it a secret until the British Embassy released the queen's schedule yesterday.

Elizabeth and Phillip will be in Baltimore on the second day of their U.S. tour, according to an embassy spokeswoman.

They will be in Washington May 14-17 before leaving for visits to Miami and Tampa, Fla. On May 20, they'll fly to Texas for stops in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.

Prince Phillip is expected to fly back to the United Kingdom from Houston on May 23, while the queen stays on for a private visit to Kentucky. She will fly back to London May 26, the embassy said.

Vaughn said details of the queen's activities at Memorial Stadium had only been partially worked out, pending consultations with embassy officials.

"She's going to be attending a private reception here at the ballpark prior to the game, the guest of Mr. Jacobs," Vaughn said.

Sometime before the 7:35 p.m. game time, the queen will probably meet with the members of both the Orioles and the Athletics, either in their clubhouses or in the dugouts.

Once the game gets under way, Elizabeth and Phillip will watch from the owner's box, with Jacobs, but "we don't know how long she'll stay," Vaughn said.

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