By R.L. Bynum
Queen Elizabeth II watched a Carolina football game in 1957 during her first visit to the United States as a monarch.
Coach Jim Tatum’s Tar Heels were ranked No. 14 in the country but lost 21–7 at Byrd Stadium to Maryland on Oct. 29, with the Queen watching from a special box that was on the Carolina side of the field.
The game drew a sellout crowd of 43,000, the largest attendance for a UNC game that season.
Before the game, Prince Philip posed for photos with the captains of both teams.
It was a surprising outcome in many ways, particularly considering that UNC rolled to a 34–6 victory over Maryland in Chapel Hill in 1956 when UNC and the Terps both finished 2–7–1.
During the halftime show, the UNC marching band played “Rule, Britannia,” a patriotic British song.
UNC finished 6–4 overall and fourth in the ACC with a 4–3 league record.
Photo via University of Maryland