Queen Elizabeth II - History in Pictures

On Wednesday 9 September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest serving monarch in British history, surpassing the record of Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days. Elizabeth was proclaimed Sovereign on February 6 1952, following the death of her father King George the Sixth. Queen Elizabeth's coronation took place on 2nd June 1953 with great pomp and ceremony at Westminster Abbey. The event was celebrated with somewhat less pomp in a Coronation Ball in the RSL Hall in Charleville.

Queen Elizabeth is the only reigning monarch to have set foot on Australian soil. She 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.

Her Majesty started and finished her visit to Queensland in Brisbane.

Presenting flowers to The Queen outside Brisbane City Hall in March 1954

In between these visits to Brisbane the Queen went to several regional centres in Queensland including Cairns and Mackay.

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.

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

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

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

Simon Miller - Library Technician, State Library of Queensland


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Are there any photos of when Queen Elizabeth, visitedSidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne 1963-when I saw her there?

Hi, Try searching Trove pictures database - http://trove.nla.gov.au/picture?q= . You could also contact the State Library of Victoria.RegardsMyles Sinnamon - blog editor

Are there any photographs of the Queen's visit, particularly at Lang Park Brisbane in March 1970 celebrating the bicentennial of Captain Cook's 1770 discovery and mapping of Australia's east coast? The school children of Queensland put on a great show for the Queen.

Hi PaulJust recently we digitised an amateur film of the Queen Elizabeth II's 1970 visit, which you can view online - http://hdl.handle.net/10462/eadarc/8562This film contains footage of the Queen and Prince Philip visiting Brisbane in 1970. The footage shows crowds at King George Square, Queen Elizabeth inspecting a uniform guard of honour, the royal couple visiting children, the royal couple riding in a car and waving to crowds in Lang Park, and the royal motorcade passing along Brisbane streets.If you require more information please fill in our online enquiry form with your details and one of our helpful librarians will assist you with your question - http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/services/ask-usRegardsMyles – State Library of Queensland

I clicked on the link to see this 1970 film of Queen Elizabeth but it comes up as ERROR. Is this still available online.
Pattie Hobbs