June 9, 2023

The ‘million-mile’ Queen

The team at The Business Travel Magazine extend our deepest condolences to the Royal Family after the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, who died peacefully on September 8 at the age of 96. 

From her first formal address to the world in Cape Town, aged just 21, to ascending the throne whilst on a tour in Kenya, right up to her last moments spent at her beloved holiday home at Balmoral, Scotland, travel played an integral part in the Queen’s life. 

She was the most well travelled monarch in history. During the course of her reign she visited 117 countries and travelled 1,032,513 miles – equivalent to 42 journeys around the circumference of the Earth. She also visited every country in the Commonwealth bar two: Rwanda and Cameroon. 

For travellers arriving at London Gatwick Airport, the unmissable portraits of the Queen found in the South Terminal have symbolised a sense of home comfort for those returning from trips abroad since 2013.

From now on, they will also serve as a reminder of one of the world’s most influential and inspirational travellers.