Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

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Queen Elizabeth II, the longest serving monarch in British history, has passed away at the age of 96. Her life was one of dedication and service to the very end. Queen Elizabeth was the only reigning monarch to have set foot on Australian soil and visited Queensland many times since her coronation in 1952.

Queen Elizabeth first came to Australia, and to Queensland in 1954. The royal visit was a cause of great excitement. There were extensive preparations in Brisbane and also in Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton.

Presenting flowers to The Queen outside Brisbane City Hall in March 1954. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 105648

Queen Elizabeth II on the stairs of Government House, Brisbane, 1954. 7571 Lavarack Family Album. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image number: 7571-0001-0226

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip enroute to Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, 1954. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 193581

Queensland's Governor says good-bye to Queen Elizabeth II after her visit in March 1954. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 109527

Queen Elizabeth visiting Cairns, Queensland, 1954. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 27934

Queen Elizabeth II on the stairs of Government House, Brisbane, 1954. Lavarack Family Album. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image number: 7571-0001-0229

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in a Land Rover in Mackay, Queensland,1954.  APU-63 Royal Visit 1954 Photograph Album. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image number: APU-063-0001-0002

Queen Elizabeth II addresses the crowds in Mackay, during her tour to Australia, 1954. APU-63 Royal Visit 1954 Photograph Album, Image number APU - 63-0001-0001

Queen Elizabeth returned to Queensland in 1963 with the Queensland leg of her trip confined to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with visits to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and the Gold Coast surf carnival at Coolangatta.

The Queen leaves the dais with the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, after the civic welcome on Wednesday, 6 March 1963. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 105778.

Sir Thomas Alfred Hiley with Queen Elizabeth II, Brisbane Cricket Ground, 1963. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 108970

In 1970 the Queen visited Queensland on the occasion of the Captain Cook Bi-Centenary celebrations.

Queensland citizens welcome to Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, 1970

Royal visit (Queen Elizabeth II), 1970. Still from home movie - 29226 Bill Rahmann films 1948-ca.1987. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

In 1988 she returned to Australia for the Bicentennial celebrations and came to Brisbane to open Expo '88.

Queen Elizabeth II speaking at the opening of Expo '88 in South Bank, Queensland, 1988. Russell Brown. 10028 Noel Pascoe Photographs. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image number: 10028-0001-0065

Queen Elizabeth II watching the opening performance at the River Stage at Expo '88 in South Bank, Queensland, 1988. Russell Brown. 10028 Noel Pascoe Photographs. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image number: 10028-0001-0028

Queen Elizabeth last visited Australia in 2011 when she visited Canberra, Melbourne and Perth as well as Brisbane.

Visit to Southbank, Brisbane, by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 2011. Leif Ekstrom. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image number: 28167-0001-0015

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