As Queen turns 94, rare photos recall her time in Yorkshire

The Queen at Doncaster Racecourse in 1977.The Queen at Doncaster Racecourse in 1977.
The Queen at Doncaster Racecourse in 1977. | Johnston Press
The Queen has always had a special relationship with Yorkshire, and on her 94th birthday, this collection of pictures from the archive recalls some of her visits to Broad Acres, both as Princess Elizabeth and as Sovereign.

It was a timeline that began in July 1949 when, as a newly-wed, she and the Duke of Edinburgh stepped off a train at Halifax to begin a three-day tour of the West Riding. Some 50,000 people squeezed into Roundhay Park to catch a glimpse of her watching a children’s pageant.

Yet the county was already familiar to her family. The Studley Royal estate near Ripon, which includes Fountains Abbey, played host to the Queen Mother throughout her 101 years. The estate had been owned by the family of her close friend and former bridesmaid, Lady Doris Vyner – whose Scottish home in Caithness the Royals also visited.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The Queen’s love of horse racing has drawn her to Doncaster, and to the St Leger, on numerous occasions. In her Coronation year of 1953 the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, accompanied her. She has also been welcomed at York Racecourse and at the Harewood horse trials.

Stopping to talk to people who braved the heavy rain at the new civic precinct in Bradford in 1974.Stopping to talk to people who braved the heavy rain at the new civic precinct in Bradford in 1974.
Stopping to talk to people who braved the heavy rain at the new civic precinct in Bradford in 1974. | Johnston Press

Neither has she been a stranger to the agricultural community. As Sovereign, she has been guest of honour at the Great Yorkshire Show three times, most recently on its 150th outing, 12 years ago. Her visit in 1977, her Silver Jubilee year, capped a whole summer of appearances in the county, also taking in York, Hull, Wakefield and Leeds, where she sat inside the Elland Road football stadium, filled to capacity with 40,000 people watching a youth festival in her honour.

She has also officiated at the 900th anniversary of Selby Abbey in 1969 and the opening of the Humber Bridge in 1981, and has distributed the Royal Maundy money here seven times.

Editor’s note: first and foremost - and rarely have I written down these words with more sincerity - I hope this finds you well.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Almost certainly you are here because you value the quality and the integrity of the journalism produced by The Yorkshire Post’s journalists - almost all of which live alongside you in Yorkshire, spending the wages they earn with Yorkshire businesses - who last year took this title to the industry watchdog’s Most Trusted Newspaper in Britain accolade.

Lord Halifax introduces the Queen to Mayor of Beverley Councillor Eric Bielby in 1977.Lord Halifax introduces the Queen to Mayor of Beverley Councillor Eric Bielby in 1977.
Lord Halifax introduces the Queen to Mayor of Beverley Councillor Eric Bielby in 1977. | Johnston Press

And that is why I must make an urgent request of you: as advertising revenue declines, your support becomes evermore crucial to the maintenance of the journalistic standards expected of The Yorkshire Post. If you can, safely, please buy a paper or take up a subscription. We want to continue to make you proud of Yorkshire’s National Newspaper but we are going to need your help.

Postal subscription copies can be ordered by calling 0330 4030066 or by emailing [email protected]. Vouchers, to be exchanged at retail sales outlets - our newsagents need you, too - can be subscribed to by contacting subscriptions on 0330 1235950 or by visiting www.localsubsplus.co.uk where you should select The Yorkshire Post from the list of titles available.

If you want to help right now, download our tablet app from the App / Play Stores. Every contribution you make helps to provide this county with the best regional journalism in the country.

Sincerely. Thank you.

James Mitchinson, Editor

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.