Queen Elizabeth II Visits Alamo, Dallas
DALLAS (AP) _ Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Dallas on Tuesday after a visit to the Alamo, where Texans fought for their independence from Mexico.
The first British monarch to set foot on Texas soil, the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, arrived from San Antonio shortly past noon on the next-to-last leg of their three-day sweep through the state.
To the strains of ″The Yellow Rose of Texas″ and the theme from ″Dallas,″ the royal couple was introduced to Dallas Mayor Annette Strauss and Mayor Kay Granger of Fort Worth.
As the queen moved down the receiving line along a red carpet, 7-year-old Jasmine Evans presented her with a yellow and blue flower bouquet.
″I really love it,″ said Kathy Chiv, a 14-year-old Dallas Girl Scout, among hundreds of schoolchildren on hand. ″I have had some instruction on how to act here from our Girl Scout leader.″
The queen’s visit wasn’t without controversy. About 175 people gathered outside the entrance to Fair Park, where the queen and Prince Philip dined, to protest a redistricting plan the Dallas City Council approved Monday. Two black council members had urged the picketing, saying the map is unfair to minorities.
The queen glanced at the demonstrators but showed no reaction.
Otherwise, her visit went smoothly.
A crowd of more than 2,000 came to the Meyerson Symphony Center for a musical program that included renditions of ″God Save the Queen″ and ″The Star-Spangled Banner.″ As a mariachi band played, members of the Ballet Folklorico Hispano de Dallas performed two ethnic dances from the Mexican state of Jalisco.
In San Antonio earlier Tuesday, hundreds of well-wishers waved Union Jacks to welcome the queen and her husband.
They arrived at Kelly Air Force Base in the morning and were whisked off to the Alamo for a brief tour of the mission where an outnumbered Texas regiment was wiped out by Mexican soldiers in 1836 during the war for Texas independence.
Great Britain was one of the first European nations to recognize the fledgling Republic of Texas 151 years ago.
The couple rode a barge along the San Antonio River through downtown before seeing La Villita, a historic village, then meeting with local dignitaries at the Institute of Texan Cultures.
In Austin on Monday, Gov. Ann Richards and former first lady Lady Bird Johnson toasted the monarch at a formal reception and dinner for 240 people at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum, located on the University of Texas campus.
The queen was scheduled to visit Houston after leaving Dallas.