Queen Elizabeth II has a glowing reputation for her successful royal visits across the globe. The UK’s longest serving monarch has travelled to more than 120 counties, on diplomatic, peace-preserving and sometimes political missions. The latter has sometimes put the safety of the Queen at risk. It was during one such occasion where Prince Philip’s wife, 92, was said to be “impatient” – and adamant the trip continue.
The visit in question was the first-ever trip to Ghana by a British sovereign, in 1961.
It was considered “controversial and dangerous” according to author Sarah Bradford, who cited the Cold War tensions and battles between the west and east over African states as specific warning signs.
In her new book, Queen Elizabeth II, Her Life in Our Times, she wrote: “The Government was genuinely concerned that the Queen might be killed or indeed by an assignation attempt when she was with the Nkrumah.
“If the Queen was advised by the Government to cancel plans because of the deteriorating political situation in Africa Macmillan (Howard, UK Prime Minister) feared Ghana would leave the Commonwealth, offering another vacuum for the Russians to fill.
“Where Macmillan dithered, the Queen held out.
Quoting a letter from Macmillan in the book, it stated: “The Queen has been absolutely determined all through.
“She is grateful for MPS and Press concerns about her safety, but she is impatient of the attitude towards her to treat her as a woman.
“She has great faith in the work she can do in the Commonwealth especially.”
After the huge safety concerns, and prevention measures, the trip went smoothly and without a hitch.
Yet while the Queen remained strong for this, she supposedly showed her terror during another aspect of a royal tour.
Royal writer Kitty Kelley has shone light on the Queen’s less than confident side in her recent book.
The Royals details the difference in character between the monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh, 96, during their official state trips abroad.
She said during such occasions, Queen Elizabeth II appeared to feel “self conscious” about “the gaps in her education.”
Kitty wrote: “Philip chatted with anyone about anything, while Elizabeth worried constantly about what to say.”
The monarch, although never showing apprehension, seemingly feared public discussion according to the author.