Prince Charles and Princess Anne Visit the Smithsonian

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Charles, Prince of Wales, and Anne, Princess Royal, of England make their first visit to the United States. They spend three days in Washington, D.C. Their tour includes a visit to the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building where they view space nose cones, helmets worn on the moon, and a piece of moon rock. They are accompanied by Julie and David Eisenhower and Tricia Nixon, astronaut Neil Armstrong, and Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley.


  • Armstrong, Neil
  • Charles Prince of Wales 1948-
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Anne Princess Royal, daughter of Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain 1950-
  • Eisenhower, David 1948-
  • Eisenhower, Julie Nixon
  • Cox, Patricia Nixon 1946-
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • National Air and Space Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Torch article includes a photograph of the visit to the Smithsonian.
  • The Smithsonian Torch, No, 4, August 1970, p. 1.
  • Eisen, Jack. Scene Column: "Princely Visits." The Washington Post, Times Herald, July 16, 1970, p. C1.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


July 16-18, 1970


  • Moon
  • Visits of state
  • Outer space
  • Exhibitions
  • Space flight
  • Kings and rulers
  • Astronautics
  • Moon rock
  • Astronauts

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