Fit for a Queen! A look back at Stevenage's royal visits
- Credit: Stevenage Museum
Since the official opening of Stevenage new town in 1959 by Queen Elizabeth II, we have had the honour of welcoming royalty on a number of occasions.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
The Queen made a visit to Stevenage New Town in 1959, six years after her coronation.
She officially opened the new town and visited Wilgram Way and Longmeadow School during her visit, much to the excitement of schoolchildren and families across the town.
She returned in 2012 during her Diamond Jubilee tour.
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Thousands turned out to Lister Hospital to catch a glimpse of the Queen - where she was to official open the new Diamond Jubilee maternity unit.
She also visited Lonsdale School, where the pupils presented her with flowers.
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The late Prince Philip also visited the town in 2012, where he took a tour of the Business and Technology Centre - now home to the Comet - after initially cancelling a visit the previous July due to illness.
His visit to the Bessemer Drive building marked the launch of the My Incubator project for businesses. The Duke met with schoolchildren and entrepreneurs before unveiling a commemorative plaque.
The country was rocked by the Duke of Edinburgh's death earlier this year, including us in Stevenage, with many taking to social media to pay their condolences to the Queen.
The ‘Queen of Hearts’ Princess Diana visited us in 1988 to open Peartree clinic for measles, mumps and rubella immunisation in Hydean Way.
This was part of a national campaign for immunisation at the time.
The late great Comet photographer Alan Millard was the only photographer with access to follow the Princess that day.
On the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death in 2017, Alan recalled that the Princess was relaxed and friendly as she greeted parents and sat in the clinic.
The 'People's Princess' was patron of the National Rubella Council until her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.
The Prince of Wales visited the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre at Shephalbury Manor with Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan in 2013.
Prince Charles and Prince Ghazi attended a brief service and met young people who volunteer for the church’s homeless ministry.
He was in Hertfordshire hearing concerns about the persecution of Christians in parts of the Middle East. At the time, the BBC reported that an "unnamed boy" had snapped a selfie with the Prince - and said he would "definitely keep it forever".