Queen Elizabeth rides an elephant during an official visit to India in 1961. Photo: AFP
Queen Elizabeth rides an elephant during an official visit to India in 1961. Photo: AFP

Queen Elizabeth’s moments in Asia: dinner with Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, being ‘chased’ in Malaysia, meeting ‘royal friend’ Thai King Bhumibol

  • The late queen made several trips to Commonwealth states, including former colonies like Singapore, Malaysia and India, and was also the first royal to visit China
  • In Bangkok, she shared that Queen Victoria had been pen pals with Thailand’s King Rama IV, Mongkut; while her 1975 trip to Hong Kong was so successful that it later inspired the building of a sports stadium

Queen Elizabeth rides an elephant during an official visit to India in 1961. Photo: AFP
Queen Elizabeth rides an elephant during an official visit to India in 1961. Photo: AFP
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