On this day…

Walkabout in Whitefriargate, Hull, by Her Majesty The Queen 13th July 1977. England Vintage.

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Her Majesty, The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh greet crowds in Whitefriargate in Kingston upon Hull, England, during celebrations for her Silver Jubilee. 13th July 1977.

On this day: a new Prince of Wales

Prince Charles investiture with his mother, Queen Elizabeth ll. 3rd July 1969

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The investiture of Prince Charles – first in line to the British throne – as Prince of Wales took place at Caernarfon Castle on the 3rd of July, 1969.

Prince Charles being invested by his mother, Queen Elizabeth ll. 3rd July 1969

The ceremony.

Cofia_1282,_a_protest_against_the_investiture_(1537984)1 Prince Charles Prince of Wales Geoff Charles 6th March 1969

Despite the general popularity of the event, some Welsh people felt the investiture was a sign of the subjugation of Wales. A large protest was held several weeks before, on the 6th of March.

Prince_Charles'_Investiture_1_(1559160)Photographs by Welsh photo journalist Geoff Charles Prince Charles' Investiture at Caernarfon Castle 3rd July 1969

Photograph of the procession by Welsh photojournalist Geoff Charles.

The entire event can be seen in footage from the BBC.

On this day: a Queen and a future Queen

Queen Elizabeth with Princess Elizabeth on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after George VI_s coronation. 12th May 1937.

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The 12th of May, 1937 marked the coronation of King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth. This photograph was taken on the balcony of Buckingham Palace afterwards.

The new Queen’s daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth II, stands with her. She had turned eleven a couple of weeks before the coronation.

On this day: the Queen in Yemen

Queen Elizabeth preparing to knight subjects in Aden, Yemen on the 27th of April, 1954. Prince Philip stands to the side.

Eight years later civil war broke out in Yemen. The conflict lasted more than eight years, from 1962 to 1970.

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Queen_Elizabeth_in_Aden_1954 Queen Elizabeth preparing to knight subjects in Aden, Yemen. 27th April, 1954. Prince Philip on the side.

Queen’s Birthday

Today is our holiday for the Queen’s “official” birthday (though not her actual birthday). The tradition of celebrating the British monarch’s birthday around summer began with King George II in 1748, largely to ensure fine weather for the occasion.

The Queen in 1959

Queen_Elizabeth_II_1959 Queen Elizabeth II Vladimir Tiara, Queen Victoria Jubilee Necklace, the blue Garter Riband, Badge and Garter Star and the Royal Family Orders of King George V and

On this day: a new Parliament House

Construction of New Parliament House, Canberra, 26 April 1988. Australia. Federal Government.

In this photograph dated the 26th of April, 1988, the massive flagpole is constructed on top of Australia’s new Parliament House in the capital city, Canberra.

The new building was constructed at the time of Australia’s bicentenary, replacing what would become known as Old Parliament House, the white building at the front of the picture.

New Parliament House was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on the 9th of May.

 Opening_parliament_house_1988Crowds attend the official opening of the new Parliament House Building in 1988. Canberra.

The official opening in 1988.