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Uttlesford remembers Queen Elizabeth II and her visits to the district





Memories of Queen Elizabeth II's visits to Uttlesford have emerged as the district commemorates the life of the monarch.

As part of its tribute, Uttlesford District Council (UDC) has recalled three occasions when Her Majesty travelled to the area – for two official visits and a private wedding.

The most recent was to Felsted School on May 6, 2014, when, accompanied by her late husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, she was guest of honour for its 450th anniversary celebrations.

Pupils welcome The Queen. Photo: Felsted School (59218741)
Pupils welcome The Queen. Photo: Felsted School (59218741)

Arriving by car and then leaving by royal helicopter, the royal couple spent the day at the private school. They were guests of honour at a private lunch, followed by a special assembly where Her Majesty unveiled two plaques: one commemorating the 450th anniversary of the founding of the school in 1564 by Richard Lord Riche and the other the rebuilding of one of the boarding houses.

As part of the visit, the Duke of Edinburgh was presented with a Felsted tie by the deputy head. There was also a presentation of a boot scraper, part of a royal tradition at the school, as the Queen Mother had also received one on her visit for the 400th anniversary in 1964.

Felsted School released images from the visit to the Indie which show the royal couple arriving at the school to be greeted by waiting crowds and then meeting staff and students.

The royal couple attend Felsted School's 450th anniversary celebrations. Photo: Felsted School (59218747)
The royal couple attend Felsted School's 450th anniversary celebrations. Photo: Felsted School (59218747)

On March 15, 1991, Her Majesty officially opened Stansted Airport's new £400 million terminal building, designed by architect Norman Foster.

And three years earlier, on July 30, 1988, she attended a private family wedding at St Mary the Virgin Church in Saffron Walden when James Ogilvy, son of Princess Alexandra and Angus Ogilvy, wed Julia Rawlinson.

Photos from the day show the Queen walking through the churchyard followed by the groom's parents.

The wedding reception was held at Audley End House. Other key royals in attendance included the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, the late Diana, Princess of Wales and the Queen's son Prince Edward.

The royal cavalcade arrives to be greeted by flag-waving crowds. Photo: Felsted School (59218732)
The royal cavalcade arrives to be greeted by flag-waving crowds. Photo: Felsted School (59218732)
The Queen and Prince Philip arrive at Felsted School. Photo: Felsted School (59218723)
The Queen and Prince Philip arrive at Felsted School. Photo: Felsted School (59218723)
The Queen shakes hands with guests. Photo: Felsted School (59218735)
The Queen shakes hands with guests. Photo: Felsted School (59218735)
The Queen accepts a bouquet from an eager young well-wisher. Photo: Felsted School (59218726)
The Queen accepts a bouquet from an eager young well-wisher. Photo: Felsted School (59218726)
The Queen greets staff. Photo: Felsted School (59218729)
The Queen greets staff. Photo: Felsted School (59218729)
Her Majesty is greeted by staff and pupils. Photo courtesy of Felsted School (59218720)
Her Majesty is greeted by staff and pupils. Photo courtesy of Felsted School (59218720)
The Queen unveils two commemorative plaques. Photo: Felsted School (59218716)
The Queen unveils two commemorative plaques. Photo: Felsted School (59218716)
Her Majesty looked resplendent in a cream suit and matching hat. Photo: Felsted School (59218744)
Her Majesty looked resplendent in a cream suit and matching hat. Photo: Felsted School (59218744)
Stansted Airport through the years (59218567)
Stansted Airport through the years (59218567)
The Queen arrives at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Saffron Walden for the 1988 wedding of James Ogilvy and Julia Rawlinson, followed by the groom's parents, Princess Alexandra and Angus Ogilvy (59258884)
The Queen arrives at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Saffron Walden for the 1988 wedding of James Ogilvy and Julia Rawlinson, followed by the groom's parents, Princess Alexandra and Angus Ogilvy (59258884)

* Have you got photos of the Queen visiting our area that you'd like to share with the Indie? If so, then please email photos@stortfordindie.co.uk.



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