Prince @ NASA, 03/01/66. Prince Philip, Duke and Edinburgh and wife to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, visits the Manned Spacecraft Center. The royal was in Houston as part of United States tour promoting Variety Clubs International activities and British trade. He spent three days in Texas, landing in Houston (piloting the aircraft himself) on March 10. Governor John Connally and British Consul Gerald Simpson greeted the duke at the airport. That night, he dined at a reception at the general consul's home. Prince Philip started the next day with an inspection tour of the Manned Spacecraft Center, followed by a luncheon at the Petroleum Club and a visit to the Houston Variety Boys' Club. On March 12, Prince Philip departed for Dallas, where he conferred with Braniff International officials about the airline's use of the British-built passenger plane, the BAC 1-11, before heading on to Tucson, Arizona.