Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Queen visits Elizabeth - 1963

Program for Variety concert
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Phillip first visited Elizabeth on the 21st February 1963.   It was a hot day and over 4000 people gathered at Windsor Green. Guests stood while Her Majesty was escorted to the dais, specifically constructed for this event.  The National Anthem was played which was followed by a  speech made by Mr Cartledge, Chairman of the SA Housing Trust.  Her Majesty replied that she had taken an interest in the progress of Elizabeth, ever since the Premier Sir Thomas Playford, had asked that it be called after her.
Her majesty was  invited to unveil the fountain designed by Geoff Shedley that stood in the centre of Windsor Green.  The Queen turned  a gold tap to start the flow of water.  
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness were escorted by Mr Cartledge and Mr Lindblom to an open car in which they were driven at low speed to Ridley Reserve where 17,000 school children from Elizabeth and further north had assembled to greet them.  The party then travelled to Holden’s factory where they watched some of the work at the plant and spoke to employees.  That concluded their visit.
A Royal visit variety concert was held at Ridley Reserve that evening.  This performance was badged as having outstanding and brilliant talent. 
Her Majesty escorted by Mr Cartledge at Windsor Green, Elizabeth

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