Celebrated travel writer Jan Morris - then James Morris, before a sex-change - congratulating Edmund Hillary on scaling Mt. Everest. Photos from the Royal Geographic Society.
Morris, then with The Times, was the first reporter to break the story of the ascent to the world, with a coded message on the day before Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.
It also led to a comic conversation with the Queen, at a meeting in Buckingham Palace of representatives of the British Book World many years later, which Jan Morris told to The Independent.
She asked the Queen: “Do you remember when they climbed Everest for the first time, and the news came to you on the day before your coronation?”
"Yes, of course I remember," the Queen replied, to what she obviously thought was a foolish question.
"Well," said Jan, "I was the person who brought the news back from Everest so that it got to you on time."
This left the bemused Queen wondering how this grey haired woman, or any woman, could have been the first with such dramatic news. Morris watched her reaction.
"Her eyes went cold," she said. "I felt sorry for her because she always has people to explain things, and there was nobody around to put her straight. She suddenly found herself in totally unknown territory."