This object has been adopted by:
- Karen Phoenix
This pen was held and used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the opening of the Royal Air Force Museum on the 15th of November 1972.
This object was donated by Group Captain Peter Clubbe, OBE RAF (Ret’d), Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Hendon in 1972-75, in 1993 to mark the 21st Anniversary of the opening of the Museum. He recalled the following.
“Why such an inconspicuous pen?
Headquarters Maintenance Command had loaned an ornate silver pen stand and quill pen to be used at the Royal Opening. About 1pm on the day a very flustered Flight Lieutenant i/c Ceremony arrived in my office with the news that the Palace had advised that the Queen would not use a quill pen. What was he to do? (The Queen was due to arrive at 3pm). I advised him that he could either go up and down the Edgware Road looking for a replacement pen (with most of the shops closed for lunch) or he could take my new pen from my office desk.
He took my pen! It has not been used since”
This artefact resides in our Stafford store as part of our reserve collection, with thousands of other objects. It was chosen by our Curator of Reserve Collections, Ewen Cameron, for our 50th Birthday.
Karen Phoenix – “In Memory of 22 Years Service by Ch Tech Bill Williams”
Joseph – “Per Ardua Ad Astra”