Kentucky Stay Caps Queen’s Visit

<i> Associated Press</i>

Queen Elizabeth II said goodby to her Kentucky hosts, thanked her police motorcycle escorts and waved to 100 spectators Sunday, then boarded a plane home to England.

The British monarch wrapped up her visit to the United States by spending some private time. She toured horse farms in Kentucky after highly publicized appearances with Prince Philip in Washington, D.C., Florida and Texas. They arrived May 14.

After Texas, Philip returned to England. The 65-year-old queen arrived Thursday in Kentucky, where she visited 10 horse farms to make breeding arrangements for five mares she keeps in the state.


The queen received a low-profile send-off at Blue Grass Airport. She spent only three minutes in public view before boarding the British Aerospace 146.

“Her visit was terrific,” said Will Farish, owner of Lane’s End Farm, where two of the queen’s horses are stabled. “She is a real friend. She gets so much out of these trips. This is something she enjoys probably more than anything she does.”

It was the queen’s fourth visit to Kentucky since 1984. Each time she stayed with Farish and his wife, Sarah, who are friends of President and Mrs. Bush.