Playboy Porfirio Rubirosa, Angelita Trujillo, daughter of dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina, former President of the Republic Leonel Fernández and his ex-wife, former Vice President Margarita Cedeño, are the only Dominicans on record who managed to meet with the late Queen Elizabeth II, the longest in England with 70 years in office. Also, a Dominican delegation attended the queen’s coronation in 1952.
When Rubirosa, a playboy from the 1950s and 1960s, met Elizabeth II, she was still a princess, as her father, King George VI, had not died. The meeting took place in 1950, two years before she was proclaimed Queen of England.
Rubirosa greeted then-Princess Elizabeth at a polo game held in 1950 in Roehampton, London, when her “Cibao la Pampa” polo team faced the English Royalty team, headed by her husband, Felipe de Edinburgh, with whom the Dominican playboy garnered a close friendship.
In 2006, when Leonel Fernández was president of the country, he was received by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
During the audience, Fernández was accompanied by the then first lady, Margarita Cedeño de Fernández. That March 24, 2006, was cataloged as an important event to the extent that the Dominican Republic approached a nation with which it had not been close.
According to reports, the audience lasted 40 minutes with Queen Elizabeth ll, at Buckingham Palace, President Fernández spoke with Her Majesty about the history of the Dominican Republic. The hearing began at 12:00 noon, 8:00 in the morning, Dominican time.
Although they did not report having signed specific commitments, Queen Elizabeth ll contemplated in a possible visit to Latin America placing the Dominican Republic on her agenda, a fact that was not recorded.
According to media files, a representation from the Dominican Republic was present during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953 when she ascended the throne at the age of 25, following the death of her father, the King George VI, on February 6, 1952, and was proclaimed monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon.
Present at the imposing ceremony were Louis Andrés de Boyrie de Moya and his wife Lacha Guzmán – sister of former President Antonio Guzmán.
More than 8,000 guests attended the coronation inside Westminster Abbey in London, in an act full of splendor and detail, which was the first British coronation to be televised.