It was with great sadness we received the news of the passing of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II on 8th September. During her 70 year reign she touched all of our lives in one way or another and set an amazing example to us all.

Queen Elizabeth II visited many countries around the globe including the British Virgin Islands. One of these visits was in 1977. Bob Denniston, a classic car enthusiast, used to keep his vintage 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible, parked inside the beach bar at Smuggler’s Cove on Tortola. Bob was very proud of his car and for good reason. The vehicle wasn’t the newest on the island at that time, but was undoubtedly the jazziest, with clean lines and red leather seats. It was chosen to transport Queen Elizabeth in her open motorcade when she visited Tortola in 1977.  A reception in her honour was held aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, and Bob and his wife Nell were invited and had a chat with her Majesty at the time. The Queen acknowledged that she was aware that their car was transporting her around Tortola. Nell mentioned to the Queen, that they “had spent all of last night cleaning out the empty beer cans left in the back seat by our kids.” Apparently, the Queen shared a smile with her, stating “my children do the same thing!”

R.I.P your Majesty – we will never forget you.

Image credit to Denise Bradley