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Washington Street Renamed After Queen of England

June 5, 1991

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The street where a woman startled the queen of England with a hug has been renamed Queen’s Stroll.

The District of Columbia Council unanimously agreed to give Drake Place the new name Tuesday during a vote in which some city lawmakers could barely contain their laughter.

But Councilman H.R. Crawford was dead serious with his proposal. ″This is an effort to upgrade the image of the community,″ he said. ″The queen did stroll there, so I thought it was a good idea. The neighborhood is on a roll. This is a way to keep the momentum going.″

Crawford said he’s working on having bust of Queen Elizabeth II built along Queen’s Stroll, which is lined with a few bungalows and a public housing complex.

Alice Frazier, welcomed the queen to her home with an embrace, said she was pleased with the name change. A photo of the encounter was widely distributed because, according to British tradition, no one is to touch the queen in public.

″I think it’s wonderful,″ Frazier said. ″We needed something different. This is just right.″

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