The mourning continues after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, England’s longest-reigning monarch. Elizabeth’s dignity, unflappability, and love of horses and small, intelligent dogs have been fondly remembered by those who loved her. Yet, inscrutability may have been Elizabeth’s most truly defining trait of all her qualities. While the Queen presented a well-documented public face, little is actually known about her private life.

For example, it has recently been discovered that Queen Elizabeth made a secret visit to Michigan City, Indiana, in 1977, during her Silver Jubilee. Why she came to this Rust Belt town on Lake Michigan’s southern shore is unknown. Speculation that she arrived thinking mistakenly that the Sex Pistols, then on their first (and only) U.S. tour, would be giving one of their shambolic performances at a now-defunct venue called the Cedar Tap, where she hoped to see them play their signature tune, “God Save the Queen” live, has been impossible to verify.

A former editor of NUVO, I now reside in northern Indiana. My memoir about growing up in the suburbs, Midcentury Boy, is available from Amazon.

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