Memories of Queen Elizabeth II’s visits to Watford

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Everyone in Watford will have their own reflections following the death of the Queen, with some able to recall their meetings with Her Majesty.

Queen Elizabeth II visited the Watford area a number of times during her reign and, with the help of Watford Museum, here is a look back at some of the pictures from those occasions.

Her first visit came before she ascended to the throne when Princess Elizabeth visited the Herts Show in Cassiobury Park in July 1946.

Princess Elizabeth visited the Herts Show in Cassiobury Park on July 17, 1946. Image: Watford Museum

This was the first Hertfordshire agricultural show following the amalgamation of the Herts, Tring and Watford events.

In the afternoon the Princess lunched at Hatfield House.

The Queen’s next visit to Watford was a brief stopover in Christmas 1962 when she alighted the royal train at Watford Junction, received a brief loyal greeting and then left for Windsor by car.

Watford Observer: The front cover of the souvenir guide of the Queen's visit to Parmiter's School. Image: Watford MuseumThe front cover of the souvenir guide of the Queen’s visit to Parmiter’s School. Image: Watford Museum

Her Majesty celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and in that year she visited Rolls Royce to present a Queen’s Award for Industry.

Watford Observer: The Queen touring the art department during her visit to Parmiter's. Image: Watford MuseumThe Queen touring the art department during her visit to Parmiter’s. Image: Watford Museum

The Queen visited two schools in the Watford area in the 1980s, Parmiter’s School in 1981 and the Royal Caledonian School in Bushey five years later.

Watford Observer: Her Majesty at Northwood in 2010. Image: Holly CantHer Majesty at Northwood in 2010. Image: Holly Cant

Her Majesty was pictured by the Watford Observer in May 2010 when she opened the Joint Headquarters Building in Northwood where she toured the premises and met operations staff.

Watford Observer: The Queen smiling during her visit to Northwood in 2010. Image: Holly CantThe Queen smiling during her visit to Northwood in 2010. Image: Holly Cant

Watford Observer: The front cover of the Watford Observer for the Queen's Coronation in June 1953. Image: Watford MuseumThe front cover of the Watford Observer for the Queen’s Coronation in June 1953. Image: Watford Museum

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