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.
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.
In 1970 the Queen visited Queensland on the occasion of the Captain Cook Bi-Centenary celebrations.
In 1988 she returned to Australia for the Bicentennial celebrations and came to Brisbane to open Expo '88.
Queen Elizabeth last visited Australia in 2011 when she visited Canberra, Melbourne and Perth as well as Brisbane.
- Hear ye! Hear ye! 1954 and Her Majesty is coming!
- Queen Elizabeth and the Governor's wife
- Ahoy! Ahoy! – Her Majesty returns in 1963!
- The state of Queensland welcomes royalty in 1970 - Part 1 The Inland Tour
- The state of Queensland welcomes royalty in 1970 - Part 2 The Coastal Tour
- Photographs - Royal Tour 1954 (Flickr)
- Photographs - Royal Tour- Queensland on show 1954 (Flickr)