Way Back When: A Queen's Privileges

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Queen Elizabeth of Belgium bravely flew in the Lockheeds’ seaplane on her visit to SB. Image: courtesy of John Woodward

By Betsy J. Green

King Albert and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium visited Santa Barbara in October 1919. (Check out last week’s post if you missed that.) While they were here, the queen managed to pull off a couple of royal firsts. The couple visited the Santa Barbara Mission, where she was said to be the first woman allowed to enter the sacred garden.

She was also the first queen to go aloft with the Lockheeds in their seaplane and had her picture taken to prove it.


Betsy's Way Back When book -- 1918 -- is now available in local bookstores and at Amazon.com. This is the fifth book in her series of the history of Santa Barbara, one year at a time. Learn more at betsyjgreen.com​

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Lucky 777 Oct 13, 2019 11:43 AM
Way Back When: A Queen's Privileges

Are we seeing the pilot wearing an inflatable vest and not the Queen? Would make sense flying a seaplane.

RHS Oct 13, 2019 09:12 AM
Way Back When: A Queen's Privileges

More reminders of the not so distant past absurdities of our society. Why the Mission would claim to have a "sacred" garden which did not allow women in is bad enough but the idea that "royalty" would be excepted is worse. Thanks to reason and intelligence we are generally moving past these bigotries as a society.

John Wiley Oct 12, 2019 11:27 AM
Way Back When: A Queen's Privileges

Nice pic of the Model G that launched Loughead Aircraft Manufacturing Company aka Alco Hydro-Aeroplane Company. Few pix I've seen show the engine in such detail. The company's wiki page has the full story, and the San Diego AeroSpace Museum has another pic here: https://flic.kr/p/tXZKgk Their last plane (Loughead S-1 Sport) in 1920 was quite a dramatic improvement on their earlier designs, but was killed the glut of WWI surplus aircraft. Some key S-1 design features were used in the record-breaking 1927 Lockheed Vega.

Flicka Oct 12, 2019 09:28 AM
Way Back When: A Queen's Privileges

Amazing that they wouldn't let women into the "sacred garden". Wonder why they let the Queen in? Did that break the ice on women? Can women go in now?

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