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By Oliver Hastings, Robert Buttiglieri and Samuel Willmot on 1 June 2022

Chronicles from the commonwealth: british royal rail tours of australia.

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Australia and the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth has its roots in the British Empire, where Britain held political control over a range of countries across the world.

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, certain countries gained various levels of freedom from Britain and its imperial rule, with semi-independent countries subsequently known as ‘Dominions’. At an international conference in 1926, the Dominions agreed that they were all equal members of a community within the British Empire—they were therefore loyal to the British king or queen, but were not ruled by the United Kingdom. This community was named the ‘British Commonwealth of Nations’ or just ‘the Commonwealth’.

King George VI was the first Head of the Commonwealth, with Queen Elizabeth taking on this role upon his death. However, the British king or queen is not automatically Head of the Commonwealth, with Commonwealth member countries holding the power to choose who assumes this role.

Australia has played an important part in the Commonwealth. For example, the country had a crucial role in supporting the British Empire during the Second Boer War and First World War. Into the 21st century, Australia’s modern role in the Commonwealth aims to support good governance, human rights and democratic norms, as well as promote sustainable development. This also includes recognising the shared intrinsic and historical connections with the British Empire as a base for stability and security among member nations.

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Railways in Australia

Railway infrastructure on the Australian continent had expanded swiftly across the colonies by the late 19th century. Construction on major railway links between large urban centres, including Sydney to Parramatta and Melbourne to Geelong, began during the 1850s—though without a standard gauges across the network, interstate travel was particularly difficult as passengers had to transfer to another train to continue their journey—the gauge across the network was not standardised until 1962.

At the outset of railway building in Australia, the traditional knowledge of Aboriginal elders was crucial in planning and laying tracks, as they understood the terrain and could locate water sources for workers. The railway industry in Maitland (in the traditional districts of the Awabakal and Wonnarua nations also known as Newcastle & Hunter Valley), has its roots in the Awabakal peoples. The railways of this region were built in no small part because of the Indigenous peoples of this region. First Nations Australians first located the region’s coal, and defined trade routes on and around the river. Later, they laid the track and built the lines for the region’s coal industry as private contractors, and built the boilers for the locomotives at BHP Steelworks .

Elsewhere across the nation, First Nations Australians laid the same tracks on which the trains are running today as they did when Queen Elizabeth first rode upon them almost 70 years ago. There were distinctive contributions of Australian First Nations peoples in the railways, and whose traditions had served the industry.

What was the royal tour?

Royal tours have been a common practice by the British monarchs since the early Middle Ages—from surveying their realm and organising diplomatic meetings with neighbouring powers, to crusades and even exile. Historically, the royals would have used a range of forms of transport to undertake the tours. Notably for us, though, with the development of locomotive in the 19th and 20th centuries, this form of transport became a tangible and significant device that supported more ambitious tours across continents to reinforce imperial ties.

The timeline below sets out over 100 years of tours to Australia by British royals—truly the scale of time and the frequency of visits clearly shows how Australia was important for the royals throughout the 20th century.

1867–1868: Prince Albert, Duke of Edinburgh

1901: Prince George, Duke of Cornwall and York (King George V) & Mary of Teck (Queen Mary)

1920: Edward, Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII)

1927: Prince Albert, Duke of York (King George VI) & Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother)

1934: Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester

1954: Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh

1958: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

1959: Princess Alexandra of Kent

1963: Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip (on the Royal Yacht Britannia)

1964: Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent

1965: Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and his wife Alice, Duchess of Gloucester

1966: Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

1969: Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Katherine, Duchess of Kent

1970: Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Charles, Prince of Wales & Princess Anne (by railway, plane, yacht, and car)

1977: Queen Elizabeth

1983: Prince and Princess of Wales (Charles & Diana)

1988: Charles & Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of York, and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Katherine, Duchess of Kent for the Australian Bicentenary and later Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh for Expo 88 (this was the last year using the railways for royal tours)

The royal tours in Australia were a diplomatic affair in both war and peace times. At the turn of the 20th century, the British Empire faced the challenge of conflict with the Transvaal Republic in South Africa, known as The Second Boer War (1899–1902). For the Australian colonies, this was a crucial moment that generated the federation movement, as for the first time, the volunteer corps from News South Wales, Victoria and South Australia were seriously considered allies. The Duke and Duchess of York and Cornwall’s (King George V and Queen Mary) royal tour in 1901 to a newly federated Australia was necessary to strengthen the imperial ties and the loyalty of the colonies in support of the British Empire’s cause in South Africa, as well as to promote a sense of patriotism, militarism, and English unity. A later example, during the Great Depression, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, visited Australia in 1934 with two important tasks to achieve. In this time of relative peace, the purpose of the tour was to commemorate Queen Victoria’s centenary and to launch the first oversea mail service for the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services (Q.A.N.T.A.S.) at Archerfield Aerodrome.

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Travelling in style

Numerous luxury carriages were developed for the express use of royalty, governor generals, and other important officials. Two special custom carriages were used by the visiting royals. The first was built by Eveleigh Railway Carriage Workshops in Sydney in 1901 for the newly appointed Governor-General of Australia, John Hope. This survives and is held by Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. It features 311 hand carved wooden panels of Australian cedar and English oak. No expense was spared, with intricate carvings crafted from Australian flora, etched glass panels, luxury carpets, felts and gold-plated items all attest to the prestige given to royals on their tours. Future monarchs would later use this carriage, including Queen Elizabeth II on her 1954 Australia tour.

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The railways were also an important way for the Australian public to see the visiting royals. Extra trains were required during Queen Elizabeth’s 1954 visit to Benalla. A staggering 55,000 people used all possible transport to see the royals, travelling to the town either on horseback, truck, bus, and special trains. But not everyone was so enamoured by the British royals. During the 1927 royal tour by Prince Albert, Duke of York (King George VI) & Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother), one of the five royal carriages was vandalised with a stone projectile when the train was passing through to Albury from Melbourne. Police suspected that it was the ‘act of boys or some irresponsible adult’.

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After nearly 120 years, the railways were due to be retired as the means of conveying the royal tours. They still, however, took part in the spectacle into the 1980. In 1988, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh returned to Australia to open Expo 88 . The royal train was met with the expected cheers and flags from the thousands of children along South Geelong railway station platform, many of whom had arrived on a staggering 86 buses to see her Majesty. The crowd was so large that some even stood on roof tops and verandas.

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The Royals and the First Nations People

As the first royal to visit the continent, the forms and functions of the royal tours in Australia were significantly set by Prince Alfred.  The manner of Alfred’s engagement with Indigenous groups would likewise set precedent for the attitude of state governments and royal expectations, as well as the hopes of First Nations and non-Indigenous persons seeking reconciliation on a broader scale.

Work on the Australian rail network was in its early stages at the time of Alfred’s visit to Australia from 1867-68. Even from this time in the late 19th century, as noted above, there was Indigenous Australian were involvement in the construction of the railways. While Alfred himself did not make rail travel a central means of traversing the nation, he did engage with and encounter First Nations Australians in many of the states and territories he visited.

Arriving at the meeting site from his temporary home aboard the HMS Galatea , the Duke and his retinue embodied a nomadic and unsettled people to the Ngarrindjeri (Southern Australia), to whom the Duke had come within their ancestral districts as an Indigenous people, and where they still resided on the Point MacLeay mission. The speech of greeting given by a Ngarrindjeri representative, however, was delivered by an adolescent in Western dress, rather than a senior person of the Indigenous community. Though the assent of the local elders was implicit by their presence in traditional costume stood alongside the youth, George Pantunni, as he gave the address, the language of the speech prepared in the context of the Congregational mission to which he belonged re-asserted British identity and control.

Further incidents during the tour brought the complex relationships with and understandings of First Nation Australians by the British to the surface. Alfred was annoyed by the local Indigenous community’s attempts to spectate during a hunting trip, but his party welcomed the assistance of the native guides who accompanied them. Across the other encounters between Duke Alfred and First Nations peoples in the other states and territories of the nation, various hindrances from state government bodies created barriers between the wishes of indigenous groups and the visiting royal to interact. The patterns of interaction both given here and more broadly are both helpful in understanding the landscape—both literally and figuratively—that Queen Elizabeth would later encounter.

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When Queen Elizabeth famously became the first reigning monarch to set foot upon Australian shores in 1954, she came to know very little about the indigenous histories on her tour. Within the tour’s itinerary, Australia was presented to a foreign ruler who was encountering her overseas dominion for the first time. Through the pages describing each stop and each expanse of countryside passed through, within the paragraphs explaining the importance of places and the ongoing change and modernisation occurring in both wilderness and settlement alike, there was something distinctly noticeable: the Indigenous peoples of the land were absent, invisible, and unknown. Though they participated in, and gave critical support to the very thing the itinerary (and governments at the time following the Second World War) presented as most important in the region, they went entirely unmentioned.

The guidebook supplementing the ‘Royal Itinerary’ for the Australian leg of Queen Elizabeth’s tour of her Dominions in 1954 contained information on the rugged landscape of Victoria through which she travelled. It provided context and details of the industry and modernisation that the railway she rode upon brought to the towns and country cities. But the history of the land, for all the guide describes, is less than a century old for the most part—with areas described in such ways as “the history dates back to the 1850s”. Crucially it suggested that there was no intermediate human habitation on the Australian landscape—it was either prehistoric and uninhabited terra nullius , or it is a part of the modernisation and industrial progress of an overseas empire. Yet the railway on which Queen Elizabeth travelled, and whose very presence in the land is a powerful declaration of control, industrial progress, and modern economic interests, owed that presence in no small part to Australian First Nations peoples.

The ‘Digger Prince’ and his near miss

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In 1920, the 26-year-old Edward, Prince of Wales set sail for Australia and New Zealand on the HMS Renown . Loyalty to both King George V and ‘the mother country’ was strong; Australians had, for the most part, enthusiastically volunteered to enlist in World War I. At the time, Australians exhibited a strong sense of patriotism. They were proud of their place in the British Empire, and of their King. Prince Edward was a serviceman, and his tour was a gesture of thanks extended by King George V for Australia’s contribution to the war effort. As a lieutenant for the Grenadier Guards, he had actually never fought on the frontline, however this did not stop him from being immensely popular amongst Australians. The prince made it his duty to personally thank veterans throughout the tour, and Australians affectionately heralded him as “the digger prince”. A poem printed in The Express and Telegraph in 1920 wrote of the prince endearingly:

You “carried on”, a soldier blithe and gay, And proved your worth. So in our sportive way. We styled you “Digger”, simple; homely name.

The tour consisted of an exhausting schedule that stretched over the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. The enthusiasm with which he was greeted meant that he had to take a week’s break from official duties, and amusingly resorted to shaking hands with his left hand, when his already stressed right hand could not keep up with the apparently vigorous handshakes he had to endure.

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Railways played an important part in the tour, although it turned out this technology was not nearly as reliable as could be hoped. Minor disaster struck when the train tracks between Sydney and Perth were weakened by rain, resulting in the Prince’s train being derailed near Bridgetown in Western Australia. There were no serious injuries, and the prince took the accident in good faith. A newspaper article quoted the Prince referring to the derailment as “great fun”. Despite his nonchalant remarks, the railway which was no doubt a point of pride for many Australians could hardly be impressed by his remark that “I knew somehow this bally train would go off the line”.

Despite the mishaps, the tour was a great success in public relations. In spite of this, the rigourous itinerary prevented Edward from truly being acquainted with the Australia of its people. Prince Edward had this to say in his book:

“I had a fine time in Australia. I liked its bigness, its adventurousness and its courage. But I must admit, without appearing ungrateful, that as personal experience the enjoyment of my journeyings in Australia was somewhat marred by the demands made upon me by the rigorous official schedule. The programme was my master; I did my best to obey. Just as I was beginning to absorb a few elementary facts about some place and to know a few people, the itinerary would reassert itself; I would be obliged to move on”

Prince Edward’s tour demonstrates the strong ties between colonists in Australia and the British monarchy in the early 20th century. Railways too played an essential role in the functioning of the tour, even if they were not always as reliable as hoped. Australians embraced ‘the digger prince’ enthusiastically, demonstrating the extent that loyalism remained strong in the colony. Prince Edward seems to remember the tour fondly, even with the mishaps and intensive itinerary.

Reflecting on the royals

As students in, and being natives of, Australia, it was wonderful to learn new and interesting information on aspects of our own cultural heritage, and how these events have had a significant role in shaping our national identity. Who knew that the railways and royals would somehow bring into focus these unique moments that could have easily remained either lost through the pages of newspapers, sat idle in reel cans, or waiting on digital archives to be seen.

A wonderful (and unexpected) discovery during this process was found at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney —very much hidden in plain sight, a royal carriage sat dormant as part of an array of other locomotive exhibits was fantastic to interact with knowing its strong connections with the British royals.

Our aim was to reveal histories and new stories to you from our Australian perspective. We hope you found these stories as intriguing as we did when researching them and why they matter as national identity builders. This could not have been possible without railways.

And we hope, in line with your Platinum Jubilee celebrations, that this blog post has given you new information about Australia’s considerable role in the Commonwealth and its long history connecting it to Britain, its royals, and the railways.

2 comments on “ Chronicles from the Commonwealth: British royal rail tours of Australia ”

Much more recently, Queen Elizabeth used a Melbourne tram for a short journey.

This is a great post and with plenty of interesting visuals to accompany your work. I’d love to read more on the ‘frustrations’ these visiting royals may have experienced. Often for these touring royals there was quite a balance between duty and personal interests/inclinations. Thanks for writing this piece!

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The duke and duchess of york’s 1927 australian visit.

The Australian Government invited the Duke and Duchess of York for the opening of Parliament House, Canberra, as part of a gruelling and exhausting tour.

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Albert Duke of York (George VI) and the Duchess of York (Queen Elizabeth) were also representing Britain and its Empire’s trading interests, so their visit was of great importance to the Australian Government and King George V.

One feels the stirrings of a new birth of quickened national activity, of a fuller consciousness of your destiny as one of the great self-governing units of the British Empire.

Britain faced a tough economic crisis at the time as the Government was forced to operate within a very tight budget.

The Dominions Office pressured the Treasury in October 1926 to provide a government grant to cover the Yorks’ expenses whilst on tour. The Government provided £3,500 upfront for official and extraordinary expenses.

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An extra £3,500 was promised in March 1927, included a clothing allowance for the five male staff and the Duchess’ two ladies-in-waiting. (Several Labour Members of Parliament objected claiming it was “a joy ride”.)

The Duke was prepared to pay for everyday expenses, but both he and the Duchess actually spent a lot more of their own money to cover the trip’s expenses.

George V often gave strict instructions, advice and complaints in telegrams regarding protocol and formalities, including what the Duke and Duchess should wear.

The King was very annoyed by the immense press coverage of the Duchess’s outfits, but Australian women clamoured for details about the Duchess’s clothes. Many newspaper and magazine articles were only too happy to provide this information.

The Duchess was not happy about leaving Princess Elizabeth behind, as she poured out her depression in her diary. “Feel very miserable at leaving the baby. Went up & played with her & she was so sweet.”

George V and Queen Mary proved doting grandparents as they sent regular updates on the baby’s progress when she tried standing, learning to roll over, wave goodbye and say, “Ta-Ta” and “By-ee”.

Royal paediatrician Dr George Still prevented the little princess from visiting her grandparents at Sandringham when she had eye trouble and cutting her first tooth.

The HMS Renown was fitted out to accommodate the Duke, the Duchess and their entourage. They travelled across the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean, via Tahiti, Fiji and New Zealand.

Arrival in Australia

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The Renown arrived in Sydney during a perfect autumn morning on 26 March 1927. Boats came out to welcome the battlecruiser and over one million greeted the royal couple’s arrival. The Governor-General, Lord Stonehaven, welcomed the royal couple to Admiralty House.

They attended a ball at Town Hall, a service at St Andrew’s Cathedral and the Duke was presented with an honorary degree at Sydney University.

Enthusiastic crowds greeted the royal couple in Brisbane, despite Queensland’s reputation as the Bolshie State, as Labor ministers tripped over one another to meet the royal visitors.

A twenty-gun salute marked Princess Elizabeth’s first birthday in Melbourne.

The Duke and Duchess attended an Anzac Day service on 25 April where thousands witnessed the salute taken by the son of the monarch where sacrifices were made in his name. They laid a wreath on the Cenotaph in front of Parliament House, before Sir John Monash and his staff led the parade, followed by 25,000 veterans proudly wearing their medals, including twenty-nine recipients of the Victoria Cross.

The Commonwealth’s New Capital

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They arrived in Canberra for the opening of the Australian Parliament on 9 May. The Duke inspected the guard of honour, before Prime Minister Stanley Bruce presented a golden key to the Duke to unlock the door of the new Parliament House.

The Duke made a moving speech: “One feels the stirrings of a new birth of quickened national activity, of a fuller consciousness of your destiny as one of the great self-governing units of the British Empire.” It was the start of a new era, a moment to dream “of better things”.

Dame Nellie Melba sang the National Anthem, God Save The King , before the procession moved inside for the unveiling of a statue of George V.

The formalities continued in the Senate Chamber. It was a very small room crowded with people, and the lights belonging to the film cameramen quickly increased the room’s temperature within minutes. (The film covering the Duke and Duchess’ participation in the ceremony was later distributed by Pathé News.)

The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia was finally declared open after a fanfare of trumpets, a twenty-one gun salute and the clock struck twelve.

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They returned to Melbourne to rejoin the Renown and sailed for home via Albany, Fremantle, Mauritius, Suez Canal, Malta and Gibraltar. Best of all, they were reunited with their baby daughter.

The journey proved a turning point in their lives as it gave the shy Duke new confidence to face the world, especially with his wife by his side. The Duchess won immense affection for herself, her husband and their country.

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Pike, Philip W, The Royal Presence in Australia 1867-1986 , Royalty Publishing, Dulwich South Australia, 1986

Shawcross, William, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother: The Official Biography , Macmillan, London, 2009

© 2010 Carolyn M Cash

This article was originally published by Suite 101 on 4 June 2010.

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Queensland state archives, royal visits to queensland: an historical essay.

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This article, by Margaret Cook, was originally published on the Queensland State Archives website, March 2011.

The first royal visitor to Australia was Prince Alfred, the second son of Queen Victoria (later to become the Duke of Edinburgh). A Royal Navy Captain on a world tour on board   HMS   Galatea   he visited Queensland in March 1868. During his visit,   The Brisbane Courier   reported a   restless, feverish excitement as seemed to pervade all classes during the whole time . His visit included a trip to Ipswich and Jondaryan and laying the foundation stone at the original Brisbane Grammar School site in Roma Street.

Princes Edward and George (aged 17 and 16 respectively) visited from 16 to 20 August 1881, while serving as midshipmen on   HMS Bacchante . A public holiday was declared and the Princes were greeted by cheering crowds and a fireworks display in the Domain within the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. The visit included a meeting with parliamentary representatives, a riding party, garden party (where the Princes played tennis), an “At Home” at Government House in George Street with up to 500 guests (where the Princes danced most dances), a picnic at Enoggera Reservoir for 200 people (where they rowed), a ride to One-Tree Hill (Mt Coot-tha) and a tree planting ceremony at Brisbane Grammar School of two figs labelled “Edward” and “George”. Prince George, the press recorded, had a ‘merry air and a very pleasant smile’.

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In 1901 Prince George returned as the Duke of Cornwall and York, with his wife (later King George V and Queen Mary). His father’s (Edward VII) planned Empire tour was cancelled on the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901, prompting Prince George to visit Australia instead to open the first Federal Parliament in Melbourne. In Queensland from 20 to 25 May 1901, the Duke’s duties included the presentation of an address at Government House and laying the foundation stone of St John’s Cathedral. The royal couple opened the Brisbane Agricultural Show and attended a children’s fete and fireworks in the Domain, (where a children’s choir of 5000 performed) and a municipal concert in the Exhibition Hall. They travelled by train to Warwick with scheduled stops providing opportunities for more people to view the future King and Queen. A private shooting party was held for the Prince near Warwick.

Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) visited from 26 July to 5 August 1920 on behalf of his father, King George V, to thank Australians for the part they had played in World War I. Travelling by royal train Prince Edward visited Wallangarra; Warwick; Toowoomba; Gatton; Hendon; Clifton; Ipswich; Maryborough; Gympie; Nambour; Landsborough and Caboolture. Train platforms were decorated and the route was lined with ex-servicemen and loyal subjects. Special emphasis was given to meeting ex-servicemen, including visits to Amiens, Cottonvale and Beerburrum Soldier Settlements; Anzac House and Rosemount and Enoggera military hospitals.

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A less strenuous visit than others, the Prince enjoyed the Ascot races (where he broke a track racing record) and a private visit to “Coochin Coochin” Homestead. Official functions included opening the Agricultural Show; laying the Brisbane City Hall foundation stone; dinner at the Queensland Club; Shakespearean, State and Governor’s Balls; State Banquet; a People’s Reception in the Botanic Gardens attended by 8000 children; a reception of 12,000 people in South Brisbane and a Citizens’ Garden Party at New Farm Park. 4   The Prince was met with a ‘general air of rapturous joy’ with flags and banners flying from every building. 5

The Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth who became the Queen Mother) visited in 1927, their principal duty to open parliament in Canberra. Between 5 April and 12 April 1927 they travelled by train from Wallangarra to Toowoomba; Gatton to Beaudesert; Brisbane and Tweed Heads, stopping in between. The royals’ request for the tour was to see and be seen by as many people as possible and to meet returned soldiers, new settlers, war widows, bereaved mothers and school children. The Duke of York laid a wreath at the Toowong Cemetery Cross of Sacrifice and visited Rosemount Repatriation Hospital. A Vice-Regal Ball and state, civic and people’s receptions were held. They attended the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Show (the royal prefix was added in 1921) and watched school children perform. Private visits to “Coochin Coochin” near Boonah and “Tamrookum” near Beaudesert were enjoyed. The Duke was conferred with an honorary law degree by the University of Queensland.

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The Duke of Gloucester, sent primarily to celebrate the centenary celebrations of Victoria, toured Australia in 1934. Travelling by train and car, he spent 10 days in Queensland. Arriving on 1 December 1934 he visited Wallangarra and Stanthorpe and spent the weekend at “Terrica” station near Stanthorpe. A civic reception and function in the showgrounds at Toowoomba; a visit to Gatton Agricultural College and the opening of the Sunshine Ward at Ipswich Hospital preceded a busy Brisbane itinerary of civic and state receptions, visits to the Exhibition grounds and the University of Queensland, dinners, lunches and balls including two in one night. On 10 December at Archerfield Aerodrome he declared the overseas service of Qantas open. The Duke visited the Cleveland and Redlands district, Nambour and Buderim before leaving on HMAS Australia.

Princess Elizabeth was en-route to Australia when her father died in 1952 and she returned to England. As a new monarch, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, toured Australia in 1954. The first visit to use air travel, it was an extensive and exhausting tour, including 33 flights, 130 hours of driving, train and boat travel. All capitals (except Darwin) and 70 country towns were visited, allowing about 75 per cent of the population to view the new Queen.

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The Queensland portion of the “Royal Progress” was from 9 to 15 March 1954 and included Brisbane, Bundaberg, Oakey, Toowoomba, Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton as well as a day of rest on the Great Barrier Reef. Public holidays were declared by an Act of Parliament; buildings were painted, decorated and illuminated for the visit and in all towns people turned out in droves to see the royals. In Brisbane a civic welcome, state reception, investiture, Executive Council meeting and Lord Mayor’s Ball were held. The tour was described as a magnificent success which ‘left an imperishable memory for Australians of our Queen and her husband.

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother returned to Queensland from 18 until 21 February 1958. The visit was restricted to Brisbane and a return trip to “Coochin Coochin” Homestead. A civic welcome was held in nearby Boonah. In Brisbane a civic reception, state reception and functions at the Exhibition Grounds, Brisbane Cricket Grounds and the University of Queensland were held in her honour. Street and buildings were illuminated and decorated as Premier Frank Nicklin urged citizens to   Brighten-up for Royal Visit. 7

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An extremely popular visit was that of Princess Alexandra of Kent in 1959. Heralded by Premier Nicklin as a   shining highlight of Queensland’s Centenary Year celebrations , the 22 year old Princess won hearts with her ‘girlish charm’ and ‘unaffected grace and simple dignity.’ 8   Her tour from 18 August to 9 September 1959 took her to Brisbane, Warwick, Oakey, Charleville, Longreach, Mt Isa, Mareeba, Atherton, Cairns, Townsville, Proserpine, Bowen, Lindeman Island, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Childers, Maryborough, Gympie, Nambour and Redcliffe (a 3000 mile tour). Princess Alexandra unveiled a mural on the State Library of Queensland at William Street; declared ANZAC House (new Returned Sailors, Soldiers and Airmens Imperial League of Australia (RSSAILA) headquarters) open and was conferred an honorary law degree from the University of Queensland. Such was her popularity that when she returned to Brisbane from her state tour, the streets were lined with 350 000 people from Redcliffe to Government House to welcome her “home”. 9   The   Alexandra Waltz was written and composed in her honour by prolific Queensland composer Clyde Collins. In 1960 the Diamantina Hospital was renamed Princess Alexandra Hospital in honour of her visit.

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Designed to be less arduous with fewer formal functions than the 1954 tour, the 1963 tour by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh occurred between 6 to 8 March 1963 and only included Brisbane and Coolangatta. 10   An enormous crowd gathered at Brisbane City Hall for the Civic Reception. The tour included a citizens’ welcome reception at the Exhibition Grounds; a visit to the Queensland Spastic Centre; unveiling a cairn at Bulwer on Moreton Island commemorating the discovery of oil in Queensland; an investiture; surf carnival and children’s welcome at Brisbane Cricket Ground.

The Duke of Edinburgh has been the most frequent royal visitor to Queensland, both as Queen’s consort and as Patron of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. In 1967 he visited Brisbane when organising the third Commonwealth Study Conference.  He visited independently in 1971, 1973 and again in 1986 when he opened the Gateway Bridge over the Brisbane river on 11 January.

Prince Charles first visited Queensland unofficially in 1966 when studying at Timbertop, part of Geelong Grammar School in Victoria. He subsequently visited in 1974, 1977, 1979 and in 1983 with Princess Diana.

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Queen Elizabeth II returned with the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne from 12 to 23 April 1970. Her duties included opening the Brisbane District Courts; an investiture; planting a tree in Longreach commemorating 50 years of Qantas; visiting the Royal Flying Doctors Base at Mt Isa and Lavarack Army Barracks at Townsville; proclaiming the independence of James Cook University in Townsville; unveiling a memorial stone at Cooktown where the   Endeavour   landed and opening the James Cook Museum in Cooktown. The Duke of Edinburgh presented his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gold medals and had an underground tour in Mt Isa.

Princess Anne visited the Oasis Tourist Gardens at Sunnybank and planted a tree at the Cunnamulla Civic Centre. On 13 May the royal family attended a production by the Queensland Theatre Company, the only Australian theatre company to give a royal performance. In Brisbane HMS Britannia was used as the official residence. The royal family travelledby RAAF aircraft.

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To celebrate the Silver Jubilee of her reign, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited Queensland from 9 to 11 March 1977. A civic welcome was followed by dinner at Government House and a state reception at Cloudland Ballroom. The following day the duke presented his Duke of Edinburgh awards at Brisbane Grammar School with 400 guests present and attended a conference of capital city Lord Mayors. With Queen Elizabeth II, he attended a secondary schools carnival at Nathan (with 25,000 students present). A youth gathering at Government House was followed by dinner. The final day included unveiling a silver jubilee fountain at the new Queensland Cultural Centre in Brisbane and presenting art awards.

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The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the Brisbane Commonwealth Games on 30 September 1982 at QEII Stadium, named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. He read the Queen’s message which had been carried in a baton 15 000 kilometres from Buckingham Palace to Brisbane. Queen Elizabeth II officially closed the Games on 9 October 1982 and with the Duke, she was driven around the stadium several times while the Australian team formed a guard of honour running alongside the car. It was considered an iconic moment summing up the spirit of the games.

On 30 April 1988 the World Exposition (known as Expo 88) was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II. In her opening speech she stated:

‘All those who visit it will take away lasting and affectionate memories of the warm welcome extended by the people of Brisbane and Queensland. I say that with great confidence, because each time I come here I am made to feel truly welcome. I am told you like to call your state the Sunshine State – but I prefer to think of it by its original name – “Queen’s Land”. 11

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Other royals to have visited officially are Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (1964); Prince Henry and Princess Alice, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (1965); Prince Edward and Princess Katherine, Duke and Duchess of Kent (1985); Prince Andrew and Princess Sarah, Duke and Duchess of York (1988) and Princess Katherine, Duchess of Kent in 1988 and 1992.

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In March 2011 Prince William visited Queensland to tour places damaged by floods and Cyclone Yasi.

During an official visit to Australia in October 2011 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, the first time the event had been held in Australia since Queen Elizabeth II opened the 2002 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting at Coolum, Queensland. The tour lasted from 19 to 29 October and, on 24 October, included a visit to Brisbane where the Queen attended a Queensland Government Reception for those affected by the natural disasters during the summer of 2010/11. Whilst in Brisbane, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh delighted crowds taking a cruise on the Brisbane River from Bretts Wharf to South Bank and strolling through the cultural forecourt at South Bank.

  • The Brisbane Courier, 23 March 1868, p. 5.
  • The Brisbane Courier, 18 August 1881, p. 3
  • The Brisbane Courier, 31 July 1920, p. 5.
  • The Brisbane Courier , 5 July 1920, p. 7.
  • The Brisbane Courier, 28 July 1920, p. 4.
  • EJ Harrison, Minister in Charge, Royal Visit, to Premier Vince Gair, 31 May 1954, Queensland State Archives Item ID 318693
  • The Courier Mail, 4 January 1958. Cutting in Queensland State Archives Item ID 318717
  • The Courier Mail, 9 September 1959.
  • The Courier Mail, 5 September 1959.
  • The Courier Mail, 12 November 1963.
  • Foundation Expo 88, Opening Ceremony Speeches, National Day Speeches, Closing Ceremony Speeches , 1988

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I have included your blog in Interesting Blogs in FRIDAY FOSSICKING at

http://thatmomentintime-crissouli.blogspot.com.au/2017/01/friday-fossicking-jan-20th-2017.html

Thank you, Chris

Great memories and lots I didn’t realise

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Princess Alexandra also went to Toowoomba in 1959.

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I was a school cadet one of many lining Coronation Drive in Brisbane in 1954, we were all armed with Lee Enfield .303s including bolts. Imagine that now!! I remember going to the Carlton theatrette afterwards and leaving the rifle at the box office and then later going home with it on the tram.

Heath and Safety guidelines were certainly different then! Thanks for sharing.

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I was looking for some pictures of my grandparents king George Doughboy and wife Annie taken at the Cooktown jetty to welcome the British king and queen in the 60’s or the 70’s.

Hey Adelaide. If you contact us at: [email protected] one of our archivists may be able to assist.

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I was sure that, as a schoolboy, I saw Princess Alexandra in Toowoomba during her visit in 1959. Yet, in this article, Toowoomba is not listed among the towns she visited.

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My mother now 93 remembers being told of Prince George’s visit to Laidley Train Station in 1927 and how the Prince noted her dad’s British medals and briefly spoke to him. Somewhere in my researching I have come across a picture of the people lined up at the old Laidley Station, but I can’t quite remember where.

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I have a copy of the Courier Mail supplement of Edward V111’s visit to Queensland 1920 which includes the photograph featured here in “Royal Visits to Queensland: An historical essay”. Fantastic to look at it and remember that era.

I was an Alderman on the Toowoomba City Council in the early 70’s when his Royal Highness visited. A day or so prior to his visit the Mayor pulled out of a presention of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards at the Harristown High School. I prepared a speech at short notice and then presented the awards with a photo appearing in the Toowoomba Chronicle. I remember the Harristown School hall was packed with students and if I may say, the morning was a success. I often wonder where those students are now.

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I can clearly remember being taken by my Grandfather (Jack Sills) to watch the Queen arriving at the RNA Showgrounds. We were in the very front standing near corner of Water Street and Brunswick Street. The mounted police guard came first and I was frightened by the HUGE horses but wouldn’t move as I wanted to see the Queen. I still cannot go near a horse to this day. God save the Queen

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From Bank to Battlefield

Visit of the prince of wales in 1920.

A long procession marching through a flag-decorated street.

At the Imperial War Conference in 1917, and again at the conference of overseas Prime Ministers in 1918, King George V had foreshadowed a visit to the Dominions by his eldest son, “when peace comes”. At the end of the War, the King kept his pledge and, following on from successful visits to other countries, including the USA and West Indies in 1919, Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, the Prince of Wales, embarked on a journey to Australia.

The visit was in part to offer official thanks for the support Australia had shown Great Britain during World War I. It was also designed to strengthen the links between Australia and the Empire.

The Prince of Wales arrived in Australia on board the HMS Renown in April 1920, having left England the previous month. He spent nine days in Victoria, eleven days in New South Wales, four days in Tasmania, eleven days in Western Australia, six days in South Australia and eight days in Queensland. In all, he visited 110 cities and towns across Australia.

His interest in, and affection for, those who had taken part in the war effort, and his often informal and good humoured style, saw his popularity soar. He showed a particular concern for the repatriation of soldiers, especially the wounded, and wrote an open letter from on board the Renown congratulating those who had helped in this regard.

The ‘Digger Prince’

The Prince of Wales had himself served in World War I, and was awarded the Military Cross in 1916, and this perhaps accounts for some of the public support shown for his visit, which took place just two years after the conclusion of the war. Shouts of 'Digger' accompanied him throughout his visit and he became widely known as the ‘Digger Prince’ – one of the highest compliments at that time, given the regard in which all servicemen and women were held by the nation.

Wherever he went, public holidays were declared, receptions and balls were held, buildings were decorated in welcome, confetti rained down, foundation stones were laid and memorials unveiled. Crowds lined streets, roads and railway lines to catch a glimpse of him. The popularity of this visit is perhaps evidenced by the large number of items submitted for copyright registration at the time of the Prince's tour. Royal memorabilia was everywhere – from coins to books, programs to trinkets. The Commonwealth Bank's staff magazine, Bank Notes , published a souvenir edition in July 1920, in which full details of the Royal Tour were recorded, including the investiture of the Bank's Governor, Denison Miller, which was conducted by the Prince on the 17 June. Denison Miller was knighted for his public service to Australia, his role as Governor of the Commonwealth Bank, and his dedication to public banking and to War finance.

The Royal Tour

At receptions held across the country, people were accorded a glimpse of their future king, who often stood for hours as his subjects filed past him. At such an event at the Sydney Town Hall on the 18 June 1920, the Sydney Morning Herald noted that:

“ It was the meeting between the Prince and the great democracy. For hours the people filed past His Royal Highness. Many of them waited for hours in the queue for the opportunity. The queue, in which the people stood about twelve deep, was the longest ever seen in Sydney...The Prince stood for an hour on the dais in the Town Hall, while the people passed at an average rate estimated by the Town Hall Clerk (Mr. Nesbitt) at 170 per minute… It is estimated that about 50 000 walked past the Prince and that about 100 000 people were in the streets outside the Hall. ”

By the end of the Royal Tour, one of the most popular ever, the Prince had cemented Australia's bonds to, and affection for, Great Britain and the Empire. Such was the success of his visit that on leaving Australia in August 1920, he was widely acknowledged as having endeared himself, and the monarchy, to the hearts and minds of Australians everywhere.

The HMS Renown (Battlecruiser Renown-Class)

The painting of a ship farewelled by people on shore.

The HMS Renown was the lead ship of its class of battlecruisers. Constructed in Glasgow during the start of the First World War, and launched as part of the Grand (main) Fleet of the British Royal Navy in 1916, the Renown was regarded as one of the most elegant warships ever built. Renown, and its sister ship the HMS Repulse, were the world's fastest  ships upon their completion. They possessed the heaviest firepower and armour and were much larger than other naval vessels of their time.

Despite its size and firepower, the Renown did not see combat during the First World War. It was part of the fleet involved in an unsuccessful attempt to intercept the German 3rd Half-Flotilla of destroyers that had annihilated a Scandinavian convoy and most of its escorts off the coast of Norway. For most of the war the Renown patrolled the North Sea uneventfully. Both HMS Renown and HMS Repulse were present at the surrender of the High Seas Fleet (the battle fleet of the German Imperial Navy) at Scapa Flow in Scotland on the 21st November 1918.

Renown becomes Royal

At the end of the First World War, the Renown was refitted as a royal yacht. It transported Edward, the Prince of Wales, to Australia on his highly successful Royal Tour in 1920; a tour to thank the people of Australia officially for the sacrifices made during the Great War. The First World War official war artist, Arthur Streeton, captured the arrival of the Renown and its Prince in his painting, HMS Renown, Sydney Harbour . The Prince of Wales' arrival caused great excitement, which is conveyed within the painting. On the foreshore of the Harbour, spectators' wave from vantage points as the ship is welcomed by a flotilla of boats.

The visit also marked the Royal Australian Navy's first fleet review, which was held in Port Phillip Bay on the 26th May 1920, with the fleet inspected by the Prince of Wales. The Australian Fleet at that time consisted of 28 vessels.

The Renown also became a floating zoo during the Prince's visit, taking back to Britain various “ship's mascots” for zoological parks, including a cockatoo, two rare lizards, emu chicks, a Dominican tortoise, opossums, parrots and a wallaby.

In the years between the First and Second World Wars, the Renown was commissioned on several occasions for tours by the British Royal Family, including a tour of India and Japan by the Prince of Wales in 1921-1922 and in 1927 for the Duke (later King George VI) and Duchess of York's tour of Australia. Like the tour by the Prince of Wales in 1920, the tour by the Duke of York was also, in part, to thank the Australian people for sending so many of their young men to fight in Europe.

Return to the Home Fleet

At the onset of the Second World War, the Renown was recommissioned as part of the Home Fleet, patrolling the North Sea and the South Atlantic. It was one of the ships of the British and French navies involved in the search for the German cruiser the Admiral Graf Spee in 1939 and the German battleship Bismarck in 1941. It spent time in Gibraltar, escorting convoys there, and provided cover to several Arctic convoys. On returning to England, the Renown spent much of 1943 transporting  Winston Churchill and his staff to and from conferences with various Allied leaders. In early 1944, Renown was transferred to the  Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean where it supported numerous attacks on Japanese-occupied facilities in  Indonesia and various island groups in the Indian Ocean. The ship returned to the Home Fleet in early 1945 and was refitted before being placed in reserve after the end of the war. Sadly its days as a warship were numbered and it was sold for scrap in 1948.

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A snippet of the Prince of Wales' open letter

H.M.S. "Renown" Sydney

Please accept my congratulations on your help to repatriate the Diggers, who have done so much for the Empire.

They were successful on active service both at sea and on land in the Great War, and those of them who have returned deserve every chance of being equally successful now that they are back in civil life.

(signed) Edward P

A detail of the souvenir bank notes magazine

Detail of the painting showing HMS Renown

These images, from the Reserve Bank of Australia's Archives, record the visit of the Prince of Wales to Sydney in June 1920. The visit was, in part, to thank the Australian people for the sacrifices made during the war years. It was also to cement relations between Great Britain and Australia. The Prince was especially concerned for the welfare of returned soldiers and this, coupled with his own war service, saw him referred to affectionately as the ‘Digger Prince’. Huge crowds welcomed him wherever he went and his good humour and ease of manner made the Prince, and the Royal tour, one of the most successful ever.

'Welcome to our Prince' is shown on the outside of a building.

The Prince of Wales arrived in Australia in April 1920 and visited 110 cities and towns during his stay. While in Sydney he visited the Head Office of the Commonwealth Bank, where a banquet was held in his honour. Buildings and streets throughout Sydney were decorated with flags, banners and flowers and, at night, amazing illuminations brought the city to life.

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The General Post Office and other buildings on the corner of Moore (now Martin Place) and George Streets decorated for the visit of the Prince of Wales to Sydney, June 1920. PN-000921

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The Head Office of the Commonwealth Bank in Martin Place, welcomes the Prince of Wales to Sydney, June 1920. PN-000922

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The Head Office of the Commonwealth Bank and the GPO decorated in welcome for the Prince of Wales, Sydney, June 1920. PN-000923

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The Prince of Wales' procession travelling from George Street up Martin Place towards the Head Office of the Commonwealth Bank, 16 June 1920. PN-000925

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The Head Office of the Commonwealth Bank in Martin Place, showing the building illuminated at night for the Prince of Wales visit to Sydney, June 1920. PN-000927

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The Head Office of the Commonwealth Bank in Martin Place, showing the building illuminated at night for the Prince of Wales visit to Sydney, June 1920. PN-000929

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Martin Place buildings illuminated at night to welcome the Prince of Wales to Sydney in June 1920. PN-000930

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His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is received at the entrance to the Commonwealth Bank's Head Office by the Governor-General Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson and Denison Miller (Governor, Commonwealth Bank).The Governor-General had rooms in the Commonwealth Bank's Head Office, for his use when in Sydney. The Commonwealth Bank's Luncheon Hall was regarded as one of the finest and largest in Australia, hence the choice of venue for the welcome function. It was thought to be the first time that a member of the Royal Family had attended a banquet function inside a bank (Source: Bank Notes, July 1920). PN-002046

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Some of the dignitaries attending the banquet for the Prince of Wales in the Commonwealth Bank Luncheon Hall, 16 June 1920. The tables included exotic decorations, including pineapples. PN-002047

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Overseas pressmen accompanying the Prince of Wales photographed talking with Denison Miller (middle), Sydney, June 1920. PN-002048

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The Prince of Wales at Government House, Sydney, June 1920. On either side of the Prince are Sir Walter Davidson (Governor, NSW) and his wife, Dame Margaret Davidson. PN-002051

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The Prince of Wales' procession passing along George Street, Sydney, 16 June 1920, on its way to the Commonwealth Bank's Head Office building in Martin Place, for the official welcome and banquet. PN-002259

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52 photos show how royal tours have evolved throughout history

  • One of the earliest photographs of a British royal tour is from 1900 when Queen Victoria visited Dublin, Ireland.
  • In the early 1980s, "Diana fever" swept across the world as Prince Charles and Princess Diana visited Australia, Tokyo, New Zealand, and more. 
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British royal tours — complete with pomp and circumstance — have been a tradition for multiple generations.

Photographs of royal visits date back to 1900 when Queen Victoria paraded through the streets of Dublin, Ireland, greeted by throngs of well-wishers. 

While Princess Diana drew seemingly never-ending crowds as she and Prince Charles drove through Tokyo, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently made history with their first royal visit to Ireland.

As the royal family continues to modernize, royal tours provide an excellent benchmark for how members of the monarchy choose to present themselves to the world. 

From 1900 to 2020, here are over 50 incredible photos of British royal tours throughout history.

1900s: One of the earliest photographed royal tours was in 1900 when Queen Victoria visited Cork, Dublin, and Belfast.

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Source: Irish Times

1927: The Duke and Duchess of York, who would later become King George VI and Queen Elizabeth I, attended an official function in Sydney, Australia, during their five-week tour of the country.

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1939: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth waved as they departed on a train following their 1939 royal tour of America.

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1947: Princess Elizabeth met with a local mayor during the Royal Tour of South Africa.

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She became Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, marking the beginning of her 67-year long reign.

Source: The Royal Household

1954: Queen Elizabeth's 1954 tour is remembered as one of the most ambitious royal tours of all time.

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Intended to introduce the new queen to her subjects, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Bermuda, Jamaica, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Tonga, and more during the six-month trip.

Source: Tatler

1957: Queen Elizabeth II was escorted to the White House by a motorcade during her tour of the United States.

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1957: Queen Elizabeth was greeted by Mamie Eisenhower and President Eisenhower on the steps of the White House.

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Royal tours are intended to strengthen relationships with the visited countries as well as inspire policy changes.

1959: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are pictured during their Canadian royal tour.

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In the 67 years that Queen Elizabeth has reigned, she has gone on over 100 royal tours throughout the Commonwealth and has completed many state visits as well.

Source: Wikipedia

1961: During her Commonwealth tour of India, Queen Elizabeth rode through the Jaipur palace in an elaborate howdah on the back of a decorated elephant.

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1961: Queen Elizabeth also traveled to Pakistan. She is pictured waving as she is driven through the streets of Karachi.

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1966: During a tour of New Zealand, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother waved to children holding Union flags.

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Royal tours can be planned by the UK government or follow an invitation from the visited country.

Source: Town and Country

1970: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, met with students and residents during a royal tour of New Zealand.

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1982: The Queen's royal tour of the South Pacific began in Brisbane, Australia, and ended on the island of Fiji. Upon Queen Elizabeth's arrival in Fiji, she was greeted by thousands of villagers and officials.

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Source: United Press International

1983: Princess Diana and Prince Charles broke royal protocol during their March 1983 royal tour by taking their son, Prince William, along with them on the trip.

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1983: One of the most notable photographs from the tour is this photo of Princess Diana and Prince Charles visiting Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock.

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Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge would later recreate the iconic photograph during their visit in 2014.

1983: Princess Diana was met with an exceptionally warm reception during the couple's tour of New Zealand and Australia.

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Source: Tatler , Town and Country

1983: Known as the people's princess, Princess Diana brought a modern sensibility to the royal family.

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She was always eager to meet with people of all ages and backgrounds while traveling through the Commonwealth and other countries.

1986: In what was at the time referred to as "Diana fever," nearly 100,000 people cheered for Prince Charles and Princess Diana as they drove through the streets of Tokyo.

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Source: The New York Times

1986: In Kyoto, Prince Charles admired the peaceful garden of an imperial villa and painted a watercolor of the beautiful scenery.

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1992: Princess Diana and Prince Charles' trip to India in 1992 is still remembered today.

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1992: During their stay, the Princess of Wales met local children, visited the Taj Mahal, and attended a banquet given by President Ramaswamy Venkataraman.

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Source: ABC News

2010: Queen Elizabeth has only completed three royal tours in the past nine years. She visited Canada in 2010, Australia in 2011, and Malta in 2015. However, Queen Elizabeth has completed multiple state visits.

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2011: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, began their first official royal tour as a married couple by traveling to Canada and California.

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2011: Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watched dancers as they arrived at Zanzibar International Airport on November 8, 2011, in Tanzania.

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They have been married since 2005.

2012: In September 2012, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Singapore Botanical Gardens as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour, a celebration of Queen Elizabeth's 60th year as the reigning monarch.

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2012: While visiting a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as part of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Diamond Jubilee tour, Kate donned a traditional headscarf.

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Read more: Every time Kate Middleton paid tribute to Pakistan with her royal tour wardrobe

2012: They also traveled in a traditional canoe during a visit to Tavanipupu Island in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island.

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2012: The Duchess of Cornwall was presented with a traditional necklace during a visit with Prince Charles to Borea Village in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

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2012: While touring Adelaide, Australia, Charles and Camilla held koala bears and met with local citizens and dignitaries.

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2013: When Prince Harry paid a visit to the United States he was photographed playing volleyball with British soldiers in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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2014: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in New Zealand for their first official royal tour with Prince George.

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This marked the first time since Princess Diana's death that a child had been brought on a royal tour.

2014: Duchess Catherine met with local children while in Blenheim, New Zealand.

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While Princess Diana undeniably played a part in modernizing the British monarchy, Prince William and Duchess Catherine have similarly helped to create a positive front-facing image for the royal family.

2014: While visiting the country, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed themselves by traveling on a Shotover Jet over the Shotover River.

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2014: During their tour of Australia, Prince William and Kate recreated a photograph of Prince Charles and Princess Diana while visiting Ayers Rock.

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2016: In March 2016, Prince Harry visited Nepal for the first time following the country's 2015 earthquakes.

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While in Nepal, Prince Harry met with President Bidya Devi Bhandari and earthquake victims.

2016: Kate and William watched traditional dancing while on a royal visit to India and Bhutan.

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2016: In their first royal tour as a family of four, Prince William and Duchess Catherine arrived in Victoria, Canada, with their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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2016: While traveling with their children, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a party for military families in Victoria, Canada.

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Before retiring from the Royal Air Force in 2013, Prince William served more than seven years.

2017: During a tour of Poland and Germany, Duchess Catherine and Prince William made pretzels while visiting a German market in Central Square in Heidelberg, Germany.

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2018: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, set out on their first official royal tour as a married couple in October 2018.

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Their May wedding was watched by an estimated 29 million viewers in the US alone, according to Nielsen.

Source: The Sun , Nielsen

2018: The Duke and Duchess' casual fashion looks and relaxed approach showed a stark contrast to royal tours of the 1950s and earlier.

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2018: While visiting New Zealand, Meghan Markle performed a traditional greeting, the Hongi, with the governor-general of New Zealand.

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For 16 days, the couple toured Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand.

Source: The Sun

2018: While visiting the University of the South Pacific during the tour of Fiji, the Duchess of Sussex gave a speech on the importance of women's education and inclusion in university faculties.

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2019: While expecting their first child, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle toured Morocco.

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Prior to the trip, a Kensington Palace spokesperson told People, "The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to the visit which will highlight the vital roles that girls' education and youth empowerment are playing in, and shaping, modern Morocco."

Source: People

2019: Prince Charles, who is expected to become the next king, paid a visit to Northern Ireland, along with his wife, Camilla.

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According to the BBC, "hundreds of people lined Belfast streets as the royal couple was greeted by the new Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Belfast, John Finucane."

Source: BBC

2019: During their first royal tour following the birth of their son Archie, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visited Cape Town, South Africa.

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2019: One stop on the royal couple's tour was Auwal Mosque, the oldest mosque in the country.

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Source: Auwal Masjid

2019: While visiting South Africa, the royal couple also met with Nelson Mandela's widow, Graca Machel.

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Queen Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela reportedly had a "warm friendship" — he even reportedly called her by her first name. The couple's trip to South Africa marks their last official royal tour prior to announcing they would be "stepping back" from the royal family and their royal engagements.

Source: ET , Independent

2019: During the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's most recent royal tour to Pakistan, they both made headlines with their fashion choices.

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Prince William's sherwani coat marked the first time a male member of the British royal family has worn traditional Pakistani clothing.

Source: Insider

2019: The following day, Duchess Catherine wore a traditional headpiece while Prince William wore a Chitrali hat.

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Princess Diana also wore a Chitrali hat during her visit to Pakistan in 1991, showing that while some aspects of today's royal tours are completely different than those of the past, others remain the same.

2019: On Prince William's recent tour of Kuwait and Oman, he met with environmental activists.

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The visit marks the 120th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship with Kuwait and the British Empire. It was Prince William's first-ever visit to both Kuwait and Oman.

Source: USA Today

2020: In early March, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Ireland for their royal tour of the country.

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During their first-ever visit, the couple met with President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and attended a memorial service at the Garden of Remembrance to honor those who died fighting for Irish independence. 

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The Duke and Duchess of York’s 1927 Australian Visit

The Australian Government invited the Duke and Duchess of York for the opening of Parliament House, Canberra, as part of a gruelling and exhausting tour.

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Albert Duke of York (George VI) and the Duchess of York (Queen Elizabeth) were also representing Britain and its Empire’s trading interests, so their visit was of great importance to the Australian Government and King George V.

One feels the stirrings of a new birth of quickened national activity, of a fuller consciousness of your destiny as one of the great self-governing units of the British Empire.

Britain faced a tough economic crisis at the time as the Government was forced to operate within a very tight budget.

The Dominions Office pressured the Treasury in October 1926 to provide a government grant to cover the Yorks’ expenses whilst on tour. The Government provided £3,500 upfront for official and extraordinary expenses.

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An extra £3,500 was promised in March 1927, included a clothing allowance for the five male staff and the Duchess’ two ladies-in-waiting. (Several Labour Members of Parliament objected claiming it was “a joy ride”.)

The Duke was prepared to pay for everyday expenses, but both he and the Duchess actually spent a lot more of their own money to cover the trip’s expenses.

George V often gave strict instructions, advice and complaints in telegrams regarding protocol and formalities, including what the Duke and Duchess should wear.

The King was very annoyed by the immense press coverage of the Duchess’s outfits, but Australian women clamoured for details about the Duchess’s clothes. Many newspaper and magazine articles were only too happy to provide this information.

The Duchess was not happy about leaving Princess Elizabeth behind, as she poured out her depression in her diary. “Feel very miserable at leaving the baby. Went up & played with her & she was so sweet.”

George V and Queen Mary proved doting grandparents as they sent regular updates on the baby’s progress when she tried standing, learning to roll over, wave goodbye and say, “Ta-Ta” and “By-ee”.

Royal paediatrician Dr George Still prevented the little princess from visiting her grandparents at Sandringham when she had eye trouble and cutting her first tooth.

The HMS Renown was fitted out to accommodate the Duke, the Duchess and their entourage. They travelled across the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean, via Tahiti, Fiji and New Zealand.

Arrival in Australia

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The Renown arrived in Sydney during a perfect autumn morning on 26 March 1927. Boats came out to welcome the battle cruiser and over one million greeted the royal couple’s arrival. The Governor-General, Lord Stonehaven, welcomed the royal couple to Admiralty House.

They attended a ball at Town Hall, a service at St Andrew’s Cathedral and the Duke was presented with an honorary degree at Sydney University.

Enthusiastic crowds greeted the royal couple in Brisbane, despite Queensland’s reputation as the Bolshie State, as Labor ministers tripped over one another to meet the royal visitors.

A twenty-gun salute marked Princess Elizabeth’s first birthday in Melbourne.

The Duke and Duchess attended an Anzac Day service on 25 April where thousands witnesses the salute taken by the son of the monarch where sacrifices were made in his name. They laid a wreath on the Cenotaph in front of Parliament House, before Sir John Monash and his staff lead the parade, followed by 25,000 veterans proudly wearing their medals, including twenty-nine recipients of the Victoria Cross.

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They arrived in Canberra for the opening of the Australian Parliament on 9 May. The Duke inspected the guard of honour, before Prime Minister Stanley Bruce presented a golden key to the Duke to unlock the door of the new Parliament House.

The Duke made a moving speech: “One feels the stirrings of a new birth of quickened national activity, of a fuller consciousness of your destiny as one of the great self-governing units of the British Empire.” It was the start of a new era, a moment to dream “of better things”.

Dame Nellie Melba sang the National Anthem, God Save The Queen , before the procession moved inside for the unveiling of a statue of George V.

The formalities continued in the Senate Chamber. It was a very small room crowded with people, and the lights belonging to the film cameramen quickly increased the room’s temperature within minutes. (The film covering the Duke and Duchess’ participation in the ceremony was later distributed by Pathé News.)

The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia was finally declared open after a fanfare of trumpets, a twenty-one gun salute and the clock struck twelve.

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They returned to Melbourne to rejoin the Renown and sailed for home via Albany, Fremantle, Mauritius, Suez Canal, Malta and Gibraltar. Best of all, they were reunited with their baby daughter.

The journey proved a turning point in their lives as it gave the shy Duke new confidence to face the world, especially with his wife by his side. The Duchess won immense affection for herself, her husband and their country.

Opening of Parliament House in May 1927

Pike, Philip W, The Royal Presence in Australia 1867-1986 , Royalty Publishing, Dulwich South Australia, 1986

Shawcross, William, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother: The Official Biography , Macmillan, London, 2009

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When King George VI died in 1952, the National Film Unit went into the editing room to revisit footage of a royal visit made down under in 1927, before he and his wife Elizabeth had ascended to the throne. The resulting film offers a high speed, whistlestop view of the Duke and Duchess of York's 28 day tour of NZ. "To the accompaniment of many expressions of loyalty and greetings", the pair are kept busy planting trees, opening Karitane homes, fishing, and generally shaking hands. Later plans to return to NZ were cancelled after the King fell ill.

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