A wonderful selection of previously invisible photos from the Royal Family jetting around the world in the early days of commercial air travel has been released by British Airways for its centenary this year.
The photos, showing that the queen visited Portugal, East Africa and Bermuda in the 1950s, were taken in the so-called & # 39; golden age of air travel & # 39; when the transport method was relatively new and expensive.
Other archive photos show the queen who visited Malta in the 1960s and China in the 1980s, and Princess Diana opened Terminal Four in London, London, which was built for £ 200 million.
To mark BA's centenary, it first opened its archive for the first time to share memories never before seen of important moments in its history, including the first transatlantic flight of Winston Churchill in 1942.
The collection shows hundreds of historical photos and videos, as well as articles explaining how British Airways has evolved from a single-engine De Havilland aircraft to what it is today.
There are close-up photos of uniforms worn by generations of cabin crew and pilots, behind-the-scenes memorabilia of royal and Olympic flights and artifacts from Concorde – the most famous aircraft of all time.
The unveiling of the Collection of the British Airways Centenary Archive comes just a few days after BA, whose motto & # 39; To Fly To Serve & # 39; was, on the occasion of the centenary, the queen was visiting the airline's headquarters at Heathrow.
BA CEO Alex Cruz said: & # 39; Air travel has always been about connecting people around the world and this website will share the stories, achievements and memories of 100 years of British Airways history.
& # 39; Since 1919, British Airways and its predecessors have been pioneers in commercial aviation and our Centenary Archive Collection will continue to evolve as we look forward to the next 100 years of aviation. & # 39;
The queen, then Princess Elizabeth, calls an Avro Tudor plane, Elizabeth of England, by casting English cider on his nose in 1947. Despite the fanfare, it was never allowed to enter service with the British Overseas Airways Corporation and shortly thereafter, BOAC canceled their order
Princess Elizabeth meets the BOAC staff when naming Avro Tudor Elizabeth of England (left). A royal document about the naming of BOAC aircraft Avro Tudor as Elizabeth of England (right). The letter was sent a few months before the plane was christened by the then princess
The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret during their tour through East Africa on a BOAC comet in 1956. The de Havilland DH 106 Comet was & # 39; the world's first commercial jet. Developed and manufactured by de Havilland on its Hatfield Aerodrome in Hertfordshire, UK, the first prototype of Comet 1 flew in 1949
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip leave for Canada on her very first transatlantic flight on 8 October 1951 (left). Her Majesty the Queen stops in Bermuda during her first visit to the Commonwealth after her coronation – flying on a BOAC Stratocruiser in 1953 (right)
The queen arrived in Portugal in 1957. She was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh for the journey. They attended a banquet with the British ambassador in Portugal at the Queluz Palace in Lisbon and it was followed by a gala party at the São Carlos National Theater.
This was the first transatlantic flight of a world leader when Winston Churchill made a BA flight in January 1942. His impulsive decision to fly back from Bermuda to Britain was considered potentially dangerous. The Prime Minister had visited the island for a secret 24-hour stopover and addressed the House of Representatives, expressing his gratitude to Bermuda for allowing the construction of US military bases the previous year
Her Majesty the Queen arrives in London from a state visit to Turkey on a BEA Trident – October 1972 (left). Italy welcomed the Queen and Prince Philip for a four-day state visit in May 1961 (right). They flew on April 24 to the Italian airbase Decimomannu in Cagliari, Sardinia. After spending a day on the island, they boarded the royal yacht HMY Britannia
Her Majesty the Queen during a state visit to Malta on a BEA Trident – 1967 (left). However, she is also on a Trident (right) on a date that cannot be determined. The Hawker Siddeley HS 121 Trident was a British short-haul aircraft. It was the first airliner to make a blind landing in the income service in 1965
Her Majesty the Queen at Concorde in 1977. The Concorde was a Franco-British turbo jet-powered supersonic passenger aircraft operated from 1976 to 2003. It had a maximum speed of twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04, with seats for 92 to 128 passengers and is perhaps the most famous aircraft ever
Prince Philip on May 22, 1970 at the Cargo Center at Heathrow. The photo is one of the BA photos never shown before on the occasion of the centenary. Heathrow Airport officially opened for commercial air travel on 31 May 1946
Prince Philip meets British Airways pilots after opening the Cargo Center at Heathrow on May 22, 1970. Heathrow is the traditional basis for British Airways and the photo collection shows hundreds of historical photos and videos, as well as articles explaining how British Airways evolved a single-engine aircraft from De Havilland to what it is today
The Queen and Prince Philip arrive at a state visit to Japan in May 1975. She was the first reigning British monarch to visit Japan. The royal family arrived on May 7 and made a round of tours and state dinners before flying to Kyoto and traveling through West Japan. They returned just a few hours before their departure for Tokyo – on a British Airways DC8
Her Majesty the Queen leaves on her 1st state visit to China on a British Airways Lockheed TriStar in October 1986. Lockheed's Tristar has a long and complicated history with BA. The British Airways Board was established in April 1972 and almost immediately ordered 6 L-1011 Tristars for BEA & # 39; s European trac routes. The first Tristars arrived at the end of 1974, but their service imports were delayed until January 1975 due to industrial problems
Prince Charles and Princess Diana open Heathrow Terminal 4 on April 1, 1986. Terminal 4 was built for an amount of £ 200 million, was used primarily by British Airways until 2008. It became the base for Heathrow for SkyTeam airline alliance airlines after the British Airways left on October 29, 2009 and moved to Terminal 5
Prince Philip learns how to operate a commercial aircraft. This photo is one of the many memorabilia behind the scenes of Royal and Olympic released by British Airlines on the occasion of the centenary
Prince Charles opens the British Airways Waterside headquarters on July 20, 1998. It also houses the operational headquarters of BA's parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG). The building and landscaping, which costs £ 200 million, is located on Harmondsworth Moor, northwest of Heathrow Airport, between the M4 and M25 motorways. The building is likely to be demolished as part of the controversial construction of a third runway at Heathrow
The queen, pictured here on another foreign visit, is a common star in many of the photos never seen before. The Centenary Archive Collection includes images from Concorde, Royal flights and vintage posters from airlines, while an interactive year-on-year timeline illustrates how British Airways became one of & # 39; s the world's leading airlines
Prince Philip & # 39; s first flight on BEA from Heathrow to Malta. The Queen and Prince Philip are known to have enjoyed their young years in Malta. Previously, the queen described her time in the country in the late 1940s and early 1950s as & # 39; the happiest days of my life & # 39 ;. Prince Philip was stationed on the island as a naval officer
Prince William meets BA ambassadors at an exhibition in Shanghai. It can also be seen in the collection alongside a series of other royals, while the British airline is celebrating its centenary this year by unveiling archived photos for the first time
The Queen meets British Airways staff at Waterside Headquarters on May 23, 2019 for the centenary anniversary this year. British Airways will continue to develop and add to the site during the 100-year anniversary
British Airways colleagues & # 39; s gather to greet the Queen during her visit to Her Majesty on Waterside on May 23 as part of the celebration of the company's 100-year history.
Depicted is an Imperial Airways HP42 G-AAXF Helena in 1931. The H.P.42 and H.P.45 were British four-engined biplane aircraft designed by Handley Page in Hertfordshire. The H.P.42 / 45 were the land-based backbones of Imperial Airways. Eight were built. Three of the survivors were forced into Royal Air Force service at the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1940 all aircraft were destroyed. Imperial Airways would later merge with the BOAC
Pictured is an Imperial Airways Armstrong Whitworth Argosy G-EBLF City of Glasgow above Croydon in 1926. The Armstrong Whitworth Argosy was a British three-engine double-decker aircraft built by Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft and operated by Imperial Airways from 1926 to 1935. The Argosy was initially used on European routes , later operating on services to South Africa, with the fleet named after cities. The vessel shown is named after Glasgow
Depicted is the BOAC De Havilland DH106 Comet 4 G-APDR in 1958. The de Havilland DH 106 Comet was & # 39; the world's first commercial jet and was developed and manufactured in Hertfordshire, UK. The prototype of the Comet 1 flew for the first time in 1949. Before the era it offered a relatively quiet, comfortable passenger cabin and was commercially promising on its debut in 1952. However, a year later problems began to arise, with three comets lost within twelve months in very publicity accidents
The British Airways Centenary Archive Collection examines moments of the very first international flight with its predecessor airline, Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT & T) on August 25, 1919 with a journalist, Devonshire cream, leather and a number of species of grouse, on the latest images from his brand new Club Suite
The centenary archive will be hosted on the airline's special Centenary site and will show some of the most incredible snaps that British Airways has in its collection, including this breathtaking photo.
To celebrate this centenary of British Airways this year, the airline has for the first time opened its archive collection to share memories never before seen of important moments in its 100-year history
Alex Cruz, Chairman and CEO of British Airways, said: “Air travel has always been about connecting people around the world and this website will share the stories, achievements and memories of 100 years of British Airways history. & # 39;
Imperial Airways Short S23 vliegboot G-ADUV Cambriain 1938. De Short Empire was een middellange viermotorige vlieger met een motor, ontworpen en ontwikkeld door Short Brothers in de jaren 1930 om te voldoen aan de eisen van de groeiende commerciële luchtvaartsector
Afgebeeld is een BOAC Boeing 747-136 G-AWNB. BOAC exploiteerde eerst Boeing 747-136 vluchten van Londen naar New York JFK in april 1971. BA bestelde vervolgens Boeing 747-236 en 747-436 vliegtuigen, en ze werden tot 1999 afgeleverd. BA, met BOAC, British Airtours en British Caledonian, meer dan 100 Boeing 747-vliegtuigen in totaal, met een piek van 81 vliegtuigen in gebruik tegen het eind van de jaren negentig
Een van de vroege Lockheed-vliegtuigen was L-049 NC90604, besteld door de US Army Air Force tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog maar na de oorlog verkocht aan de BOAC als G-AHEL Bangor. Dit vliegtuig diende later Capital Airlines, Trans-European Airways en andere exploitanten tot ze in 1968 in Shannon, Ierland werd gesloopt
British Overseas Airways Corporation was the British state-owned airline created in 1939 by the merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd. It continued operating overseas services throughout World War II. After the passing of the Civil Aviation Act 1946, European and South American services passed to two further state-owned airlines, British European Airways (BEA) and British South American Airways (BSAA). A 1971 Act of Parliament merged BOAC and BEA, forming today's British Airways
Pictured is the BOAC Douglas DC-7. A transport aircraft, it was built by the Douglas Aircraft Company from 1953 to 1958. It was the last major piston engine-powered transport made by Douglas, being developed shortly after the earliest jet airliner—the de Havilland Comet
BEA Hawker Siddeley Trident 1. The Trident emerged in response to a call by the state-owned British European Airways Corporation (BEA) for a jet airliner for its West European routes. BEA had been asked by the government to issue this call despite its unwillingness to buy a large jet fleet
Then Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain arrives in a Lockheed 14 G-AFGN before delivering his infamous Peace in our Time Speech. In it, he spoke about the Munich Agreement, and said that he German Chancellor Adolf Hitler had agreed not to go to war with one another. Less than a year after the agreement, declarations of war on Germany by France and the United Kingdom were made
AT&T De Havillland DH4a G-EAJC at Hounslow Heath in September 1919. British Airways can trace its origins back to the first Air Transport & Travel Ltd flight – from London to Paris – on August 25 1919. The aircraft, powered by a single Rolls-Royce engine, flew from Hounslow Heath in west London to Le Bourget in Paris in two hours 30 minutes
A BOAC paperdress which was worn on routes to the Caribbean. It is a fascinating insight into the history of British Airways and is one of several uniforms and clothing items unveiled in the centenary archive photo collection
Pictured are BEA desination markers in the 1940's in Northolt. Formed as the British European Airways division of the BOAC on January 1 1946, BEA became a crown corporation in its own right on August 1. Operations commenced from Croydon and Northolt airports, with DH89A Dragon Rapides and Douglas DC-3s
Welsh guards on a BEA aircraft. Having established its main operating base at Northolt, BEA operated its first service from Heathrow in April 1950; by late 1954, all Northolt operations had moved to Heathrow, which remained the airline's main operating base until the merger with BOAC in 1974
Pictured is a BEA Paris stand in Northolt in the 1940s. A short-and medium-haul British flag carrier, BEA was organised into two divisions based at Northolt and Liverpool Speke , with the former responsible for all scheduled services to the Continent and the latter for all scheduled services within the British Isles
Baccarat Wetherall uniform pictured in June 1977. The uniform was the first to be specifically created for all employees since the merger of BOAC and BEA and is being shown off as part of the centenary collection which looks at the history of BA
Pictured left is the Paul Costello uniform for BA staff in 1993 and on the right is the BEA Hardy Amies uniform from 1967. The first was designed by Paul Costello, who was passionate about the environment and devoted much of his time to sourcing fabrics which are ecologically sound. The second was designed by Sir Hardy Amies, one of the most important post-war names of British fashion and dressmaker to the Queen
The uniform, which replaced his previous design, was a French navy suit with twin rows of scarlet stitching. It featured a short hat trimmed with BEA red Petersham ribbon and interchangeable colour blouses and scarves allowed an expression of individuality
The BEA ticket desk in Northolt in the 1940s. BEA ceased to exist as a separate legal entity in April 1974 when the merger with BOAC to form British Airways (BA) took effect. However the name was revived by British Airways from 1991 to 2008
Pictured is a luxurious BOAC Boeing 747-136 F cabin. BA was second only to Japan Airlines as the largest operator of passenger Boeing 747 aircraft in the world
British Airways Julian Macdonald uniform – introduced in 2003. The designer was known for his barely there dresses, and he courted controversy after the design was unveiled. He said: 'I wanted to create a uniform that puts the glamour back into flying. It couldn't get any worse than the one they've had for years'
In the early 2000s British Airways was the first airline to introduce the flat bed and this was one of the promotion shots that they used to advertise it. The shot is one of the remarkable images revealed in the historic archive for the centenary
Pictured is a British Airways business cabin. It is now a world leading airline which flies more than 45 million customers a year to more than 200 destinations across the world
British Airways is also hosting a range of activities and events throughout the year to mark its 100th birthday. As well as looking back, the airline is also hosting BA 2119 – a programme to debate the future of flying and explore the future of sustainable aviation fuels
The Centenary activity is taking place alongside the airline's current five-year £6.5bn investment for customers. This includes the installation of the best quality WiFi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft
Pictured is a Royal menu for Her Majesty The Queen on a British Airways Concorde flight from Barbados to London in November 1977. On the right is a Club World meal in the late 1980s. The airline has revealed a brand-new business class seat with direct aisle access, the Club Suite, which will debut on the Airbus A350 later this year
Pictured left is a BEA poster from 1952 to 1957 while on the right is a BEA poster from 1954 and 1955 that tells passengers they can fly the 'Rolls-Royce' way. Rolls-Royce propeller turbines were commonly used, with the companies' first aircraft powered by a single Rolls-Royce engine in 1919
BOAC offered flights all over the world, including to India (left) and to South America (right). The classic posters are among the photos revealed in the historic collection to celebrate British Airways centenary
These posters advertised flights to South Africa (left) and East Africa (right). BOAC inherited Imperial Airways' flying boat services to colonies in Africa and Asia, but with the wartime loss of the route over Italy and France to Cairo these were replaced by another route with Cairo as a hub
British European Airways (BEA), formally British European Airways Corporation, was a British airline which existed from 1946 until 1974. BEA operated to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East from airports around the United Kingdom. The airline was also the largest UK domestic operator, serving major British cities, including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast
A classic poster advertising the Monarch lounge, an intimate first class club available on British Airways Boeing 747s, then BOAC. The British airline first operated Boeing 747-136 flights from London to New York JFK in April 1971 and this poster invites passengers to join the 'club-in-the-sky'