As we approach the Queen’s 90th birthday, we turn the clock back to the day her majesty visited Lancashire for the first time as ruler.
As the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday we have turned the clock back to the day Her Majesty visited the city for the first time as monarch.
Almost 61 years to the day, and on a beautiful, gleaming, sunny, afternoon, a royal carriage pulled onto platform six at Preston railway station and out stepped the sovereign greeted by a red carpet and an adoring crowd of excited onlookers.
Her car then made a 25-minute, three-mile, trip through Preston.
Accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, the young Queen greeted the 200,000-strong crowd that lined the city’s streets.
All along the parade exuberant children waved their Union flags and buildings were decorated in red, white and blue.
Everywher the city stood still as people covered each and every inch of the pavements, some having waited for five hours just to catch a brief glimpse of their Queen.
The Queen’s car moved throughout the city, under a twin-row of glistening bayonets Fishergate, to the infirmary where patients welcomed her with cheery placades.
On Deepdale Road the Queen was granted a more sombre welcome by the elderly before she signed the esteemed visitors book and was treated to a round of three cheers organised by the Mayor, J.P. Gray.
Before leaving she inspected the police station at Hutton for 35 minutes.
The visit to Lancashire took in much of the county including Lancaster and Morecambe as our pictures show.