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Watch: Queen visits Royal Masonic in the 50’s

 Published on: 18th April 2019   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Previously unused film from Queen Elizabeth II’s 1955 visit to Royal Masonic Girls’ School in Rickmansworth is available for all to see.

A four-minute video, which can be viewed courtesy of newsreel archive, British Pathé, is believed to have been shot on March 11, 1955.

The black and white footage shows The Queen being met on school grounds by the President of School, the Earl of Scarborough and Mayor General Sir Allan Adair, who was Chairman of the House Committee. 

The Queen receives a bouquet from Rosemary Kidson, an eight-year-old from the Junior School and head girl Sally Grantham introduces herself. Rows of schoolgirls courtesy as she walks between them. She also met some male employees before visiting what was, at the time, a new science wing.

Queen Elizabeth talks to some of the girls while they have tea and watches a physical fitness drill before headmistress, Miss Audrey Fryer, tells the girls that The Queen insists on giving them a day’s holiday. 

The final shot sees the girls waving to the Queen’s car as she makes her way off the premises. 

Picture courtesy of British Pathé

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