Tales from Queen Elizabeth's Wyoming visit

MARY STEURER Casper Star-Tribune

Queen Elizabeth II walks down Main Street in Sheridan, Wyo. in October 1984.

BOB ZELLAR, Billings Gazette

The queen is in the middle of a stroll through downtown Sheridan. She’s wearing a matching pink coat and dress, and black gloves. A purse is hanging from her left arm.

A crowd of denim-clad residents watch her from the other side of the road — right by the Mint Bar. One of the spectators is wearing a cowboy hat.

The photograph, taken by former Billings Gazette photographer Bob Zellar, was captured during Queen Elizabeth II’s historic visit to Wyoming in October 1984.

The queen died Thursday in Balmoral Castle after a period of medical supervision, according to statements by Buckingham Palace. She was 96.

Elizabeth traveled to Wyoming to spend time with Lord and Lady Porchester. Lady Porchester — a good friend of the queen’s — was the sister of former Sen. Malcolm Wallop of Wyoming. Lord Porchester was the queen’s former racing manager.

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