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Queen Elizabeth's 1980 Visit to Morocco, Told Through 13 Stunning Photos

The British monarch spent a memorable few days in the country.
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Queen Elizabeth's royal visit to Morocco was anything but an ordinary trip. "It was a unique state visit in that nothing that had previously been arranged actually took place as arranged," a Foreign Office official on the trip told the Daily Mail. "And if it did take place at the time it was arranged, it took place in a different place, probably several hundred miles away."

Against all odds, the Queen is said to have taken a liking to her host, King Hassan II. She may have even appreciated the erratic experience. "You know, I think she actually rather enjoyed it," a member of her staff said to the Daily Mail. Here, 13 photos of that memorable trip.

The Queen stands with King Hassan II and his son, who would become King Mohammed VI.


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Queen Elizabeth—who has removed her shoes in order to enter a holy site—signs a book in Rabat, Morocco.


The Queen, dressed to the nines in stunning jewelry, on her way to a state dinner.


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The Queen and King Hassan raise their glasses during a state banquet.


Earlier that night, they had had a bit of a dust up: the Queen had arrived to find the palace closed, and the King arrived late. He blamed the mix-up on a member of the Queen's staff, prompting her to snap back, per the Daily Mail. "I’ll thank you not to speak about my staff like that," she said.

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Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh meet King Hassan II's family at the royal palace.


Queen Elizabeth and King Hassan have a conversation together.


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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip shake hands with local dignitaries in Morocco.


Queen Elizabeth eats with her hands alongside King Hassan.


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Though the British monarch is undoubtedly used to using cutlery, she seems perfectly happy engaging in the local custom.

The Queen and King Hassan lounge together on a couch, shaded by a tent.


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King Hassan waves excitedly to the crowd in Morocco, with Queen Elizabeth standing beside him.


The Queen and Prince Philip hosted King Hassan and his family aboard the royal yacht, Britannia.


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Per the Daily Mail, the king was late to the banquet, and brought many relatives that weren't originally invited. "So we had to find a lot of extra knives and forks," the former Foreign Secretary, Lord Douglas Hurd, told the publication.

Queen Elizabeth and King Hassan walk together in Casablanca.


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King Hassan and Queen Elizabeth ride together in a motorcade through Casablanca, waving to the crowd.


After her departure, the Queen sent a prompt thank you letter to King Hassan. She said she appreciated his "extremely warm and generous hospitality." She added, "We have been especially touched by the way in which Your Majesty took such a personal interest in our programme."

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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