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When Her Majesty The Queen visited Harlow

Harlow is 70: Why I Came Here / Fri 9th Sep 2022 am30 08:28am

THE visit by The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in October 1957 was quite extensive and felt like a tour of Harlow.

As the Harlow Gazette reported, there was a great welcome for the royal couple. The largest crowds were at the Market Square in the Town Centre.

The photo above shows the Head Girl of Netteswell School being presented to the royal couple. We think this is in the Market Square.

There was a guard of honour by the 4th Battalion of the Essex Regiment (Territorial Army) which the Duke of Edinburgh inspected outside the Revertex Factory, suitably enough on Edinburgh Way.

Much of the tour seemed to concentrate on the Revertex factory as well as the new Glebelands common room.

There is a picture of ten year old Anne Wells, presenting two gifts to the Duke for Prince Charles and Princess Anne in the Glebelands playground.

There was also a tour of Hughs Tower, next to the town centre. With the royal couple being accompanied Sir Frederick Gibberd and Chairman of the Harlow Development Corporation, Sir Richard Costain, much of the tour seems to focus on the merits of the new town, ten years on from its beginnings.

Photos and documents courtesy of a number of contributors from the Facebook page, Photos of Harlow, Old and New.

Many of the images referred to are in the film below.

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11 Comments for When Her Majesty The Queen visited Harlow:

Derek budd
2022-09-09 12:28:05

I remember her driving past Tanya Dell school we were all given a flag to wave , didn't look bored to me

Alan
2022-09-09 15:21:45

Does anyone remember the Queen and the Duke going to Mark Hall school, I was part of the reception that they saw on arrival, and on leaving the building.

Christine
2022-09-10 14:35:29

My sister Larraine Johnson age 12 remembers her visit at Mark Hall, think they spoke, I was at Spinney age 5 so had to go and stand at roadside with all the children and wave flags as she drove past

Ian
2022-09-11 09:23:07

I was in my first year at Mark Hall School when the Queen visited our school in 1957, and my future brother in law who was then head boy, presented the Queen with a canoe made by pupils for Prince Charles.

Giulia Lawless
2022-09-11 12:11:14

I was 6 years old when the Queen went past our school St Albans and we all stood with our flags waving 🇬🇧

Giulia Lawless
2022-09-11 12:13:31

I was 6 years old when the Queen went past our school St Albans and we all stood with our flags waving 🇬🇧 Something you never forget and now I’m watching her final journey from Scotland!

Chris
2022-09-12 13:30:36

Yes I was also in my first year at Mark Hall school and was in the front row of pupils lined up outside the gym. She stopped right in front of me I shall never forget the smile and the wonderful blue eyes. My older brother was working in the science lab and enjoyed a humorous exchange with Prince Philip. Truly Elizabeth the great, we will not see her like again. RIP ma’am

Emma
2022-09-17 21:27:31

I will always remember u loved everything about u sorry we couldn’t get up to see u left flowers for u in Harlow rip queen love u beautiful lady love me all family

Eric Boultwood
2022-09-24 12:25:04

I was one of the 1st Netteswell Cubs who stood guard of a honour to the Queen & Duke of Edinburgh when they visited St Paul’s Church, Harlow Town Centre, does anyone else remember that day?

Eric Boultwood
2022-09-24 12:32:03

Things to remember, I was one of the 1st Netteswell Cubs who stood guard of a honour to the Queen & Duke of Edinburgh when they visited St Paul’s Church, Harlow Town Centre, does anyone else remember that day?

Sandy Candler
2023-01-26 09:43:18

I can remember when the Queen and Prince Philip came to look round our house at Little Parndon in Harlow. It was a huge honour, although I don’t think I realised it at the time, as I was only eight years old. We were taught to curtsy and had to follow them round the house, as they did a tour of upstairs and downstairs. My sister and I did get a new dress for the occasion too! I eventually went to Brays Grove comprehensive school.

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