Washington -- Queen Elizabeth's desire to see a baseball game will require a short detour out of Washington during her four-day state visit, which begins today, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said. But, he added, "the queen and Prince Philip are very happy to be going to Baltimore."
The queen had asked that her schedule during the U.S. visit be "varied," according to her spokesman, and include such informal events as tomorrow night's Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics game at Memorial Stadium "to enable her to see aspects of American life she hasn't seen before."
Attending a baseball game, he said, "was one of several imaginative proposals that emerged between London and Washington."
And just how much of the game will the royal couple, accompanied by their host President Bush, actually watch?
"You'll have to wait and see," said her press secretary.
It may depend on just how enamored the 65-year-old monarch becomes of the wondrous sound of bat against ball and the inimitable splendor of the ballpark frank.