Gently perspiring for the Queen
I remember we lined the streets for what seemed like hours. We were very hot in our serge school uniforms but it was very exciting. Finally the Queen was on her way and we were rewarded with the sight of the black roof of the Royal Car as she passed by.
Janice Laing a volunteer at the museum recalls Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Canberra during her iconic Royal Tour of Australia in 1954.
The Queen’s visit in 1954 evokes strong memories for Janice and many other Australians. During this tour, the Queen attended 26 banquets and 999 investitures, made 141 speeches and shook hands an amazing 13,213 times – all without breaking into a visible sweat. While in Canberra she made history as the first reigning monarch to open our Commonwealth Parliament. As the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee approaches, we can remember and reflect upon this significant and memorable event in Australia’s democratic history.
But where did the young, newly crowned Queen go to relax in privacy? Here, at the Provisional Parliament House, a room was set aside for her and you can still see it today, complete with the original lounge suite and dressing table which was specially commissioned.