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DO YOU REMEMBER: The Queen’s visit to Northwood in 1982

 Published on: 29th March 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Those who grew up in the late 70s/early 80s might remember when Northwood got its own royal visit.

The streets were lined with Union Jacks when Queen Elizabeth II came to visit the borough’s HMS Warrior military base (better known as Northwood Headquarters these days) on June 25, 1982.

The trip came shortly after the end of the victorious Falklands War campaign, in which the base acted as the nerve centre for the armed forces’ campaign in the conflict.

Many people from across the borough came out to welcome the monarch, who celebrates 70 years on the throne this year.

Here, Her Majesty can be seen posing for a young boy, taking her picture with a small camera.

Do you have any memories of this notable event? Ord do you have any old stories and photos concerning the Northwood and Ruislip area? If so, send them to

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1 Comment

  1. Nick Messinger September 17th, 2022, 10:08 am

    The last time I met The Queen was at Northwood in 1982.
    I was coming out of the NAAFI shop with a heavy Sharp’s microwave oven on my shoulder, when Her Majesty The Queen and my Boss, Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse, the Falklands Task Force Commander, and the Commander in Chief Fleet were approaching. I managed to park the microwave on the nearest wall, and saluted – whereupon Admiral Fieldhouse introduced me to Her Majesty, who gave me a dazzling smile and put me completely at my ease.

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