At six years old, I remember coming home from school clutching a pink decorated coronation mug and a decorated handkerchief in July 1953. Even more exciting was to be at Coleraine railway station when the new Queen and Prince Philip visited the town as part of a tour of Northern Ireland in the same month. There were crowds of people thronging the station car park, but my uncle hoisted me up on his shoulders so I got a really close view and a wave as they walked past.
Bill Glasper, Chair of Great Glen Parish Council
In the summer of 1979, when working for a Bus Company in Brighton, we were told that the Queens car would pass our HQ's front door. We hurried down to see her Majesty and Prince Philip pass only yards away, after visiting Brighton Marina. She had a broad smile and waved.
Peter Scott, Councillor, Great Glen Parish Council
I was fortunate in meeting the Queen when I was teaching in Southampton and she was opening the new Medical School and visiting the School of Nursing. She noticed my Hospital badge that had Toronto highlighted. She commented that I was very lucky to know that city and how she had enjoyed her visit there. She wished me well wherever I settled and I was allowed to speak to her for a few seconds!
Something I will never forget.
Lucinda Andrews, Councillor, Great Glen Parish Council