When the Queen visited Legoland Windsor

Queen Elizabeth II, Legoland Windsor

Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96 on Thursday, was not known for a love of theme parks.

But it was her love of the United Kingdom that saw the Queen step into the world of Legoland in 2003.

Following the terrorist attacks in New York on 11 September 2001, tourism worldwide had suffered.

And in the UK, a drive to boost tourism was assisted by the Queen herself on what was called British Tourism Day on 10 June 2003.

It was no doubt a surreal experience for her to examine a Lego recreation of her London home, as she looked amusingly at a miniature version of Buckingham Palace.

The Queen’s husband Prince Philip, celebrating his 82nd birthday, was on predictably fiery form at the theme park.

He reportedly pointed out that the horses pulling the gold state coach were the wrong colour – brown when they should have been grey – and that the palace’s milk float was going into the wrong entrance.


About 2,000 flag-waving schoolchildren were present and greeted the royal couple after they disembarked from Legoland’s Hill Train.

The Queen and Prince Philip saw life-size mock-ups of themselves, as well as recreations of the Crown Jewells.

The Queen was impressed by the recreation of the royal yacht Britannia, as she was shown around the park’s ‘Miniland’ area.

Legoland is of course in the same neighbourhood as the Queen’s preferred home, Windsor Castle, and the park closed on Friday out of a mark of respect.

The park has honoured the Queen many other times over the years, with the Platinum Jubilee celebrations being recreated in Lego form this past summer.