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Have you seen the Queen – we want to hear from you!

We Saw the Queen Story Day

Have you seen the Queen? Most likely you’ve seen the Queen on the TV from the comfort of your lounge-room or on the cover of the Women’s Weekly. But maybe you’re one of the many thousands of Victorians who has really seen the Queen, who braved the crowds at the MCG (she’s been there 4 times!) or lined up on the footpaths to catch a glimpse as she toured towns across Victoria.

If you’ve seen the Queen we want to you to come along to our ‘Story Day’ and tell us about it. Bring your memories and, if you have them, your best and quirkiest souvenirs or snapshots.

We’ll be recording interviews at the Story Day for the exhibition ‘We Saw the Queen’. We may even want to include your souvenir or snapshot in our display!

We Saw the Queen Story Day
Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne
Thursday 26th April – all day
Let us know you’re coming:
Bookings online

Contact Lisa Fletcher on 9348 5786 for futher details

3 Comments to Have you seen the Queen – we want to hear from you!

  1. Linda B's Gravatar Linda B
    April 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    My Mum made a long journey down to from the remote bush to see the Queen at Sale in the 1950s. Then all she saw was a hat passing by. All the women were wearing hats.

  2. Irene Jarvis's Gravatar Irene Jarvis
    April 26, 2012 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    I was at school in the early fifties when the newly crowned queen arrived . I was part of a school dance display at the MCG for the queen and also had lined up in my national costume in Royal Parade when the queen arrived in Melbourne.

  3. Jennie Towan's Gravatar Jennie Towan
    April 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I saw the Queen on Saturday March 6, 1954, at Point Cook RAAF Base, My uncle was in the Air Force then, & I was 9 years old. The Royal visit was huge! Dad had taken us into Melbourne to see the Queen arrive at Government House for a reception, she was wearing a glittering tiara I remember, as we glimpsed her going past in the car. I was terribly excited about seeing the Queen at Point Cook, and as throngs of people lined the path the Queen was to walk up to the dais, I remember some kind ladies thrusting me forward so I could see, & saying to me: “Don’t forget to curtsey!” As the Queen walked past, she smiled at me, and I was so over-awed I just stood there! I dined out on that story for a long time to come – the Queen had smiled at me!