Friday, April 21, 2017

Interactive Map of Queen Elizabeth II's Travels

Mapping the Travels of Queen Elizabeth II

Today is the 91st birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.  Last September, Queen Elizabeth II officially became the longest-reigning monarch, overtaking Queen Victoria.  But while Victoria ruled over a larger British Empire, Queen Elizabeth II has definitely logged more travel miles.

The Telegraph created this interactive map using ESRI GIS software to show all of the places Queen Elizabeth II traveled during her reign.  She visited 116 countries during 265 official visits.  (Queen Victoria never traveled beyond Europe).  Queen Elizabeth’s first official visit was to Bermuda in 1953.  Canada leads in the number of visits by the Queen, with Australia second and New Zealand in third.  Queen Elizabeth II has visited the United States five times.

There are also restrictions on the travel of the Queen.  She is not allowed to visit Israel for political reasons.  And Greece exiled the Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip) and his family, so the Queen is not allowed to travel to the country.

The Ball State University Libraries GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) consolidates one-on-one research assistance from the GIS Specialist with the GIS Research Area, which offers access to ESRI GIS software, online tutorials, datasets, online mapping applications, and in-house GIS data.  GIS software is also available on computers throughout Bracken Library, the Architecture Library, and the Science-Health Science Library.

For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

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