LAST weekend the nation celebrated the Queen’s 60-year reign on the British throne.
Luckily for the people of Chester, the city’s top tourist attraction, Chester Zoo, was chosen as a stop on the national Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK and last month patriotic residents braved the rain to welcome the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to the city.
In this special Diamond Jubilee edition, the Chronicle looks back at former visits to the city by the Queen and an earlier visit by the then Princess Elizabeth.
In 1957 the young Queen’s visit to Chester was a busy one. Accompanied by the dashing Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty performed a number of duties, including opening County Hall, visiting patients in Chester Royal Infirmary and presenting colours to troops at Chester Racecourse.
British soldiers are always close to the Queen’s heart and two years ago she was back at Chester Racecourse to present campaign medals to the 1st Battalion Mercian Regiment (Cheshire).
Not all visits to Chester have been official but the crowds still come out in their droves to catch a glimpse of their monarch, even when she visits the North West on a private engagement.
The Queen, Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, Princess Michael of Kent and Earl Mountbatten of Burma were just some of the illustrious guests to attend the wedding of Lady Leonora Grosvenor to Lord Lichfield at Chester Cathedral on March 8, 1975. Lady Leonora, now Countess of Lichfield, has kindly given permission for us to print her official wedding photograph.
Almost 30 years after the wedding of the Duke of Westminster’s sister, the Queen was back at the cathedral to see the duke’s daughter Lady Tamara Grosvenor marry her sweetheart, Edward van Cutsem. This time, Her Majesty the Queen was accompanied by her grandsons William and Harry, who caused a stir by walking to the wedding, up St Werburgh Street, from the Grosvenor Hotel.
One photograph in our archives shows the young Princess Elizabeth, accompanied by Viscount Leverhulme, in Town Hall Square. Does anyone have any memories of that visit? If so, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01244 606411.