Ninety thousand children and parents crowded into Melbourne cricket ground today to see Her Majesty the Queen Mother.
Ninety thousand children and parents crowded into Melbourne cricket ground today to see Her Majesty the Queen Mother. They cheered Her Majesty unceasingly when she arrived for nearly a quarter of an hour.
Children from schools all over Victoria had been brought to Melbourne for the day. As the Queen Mother came in sight moving through the crowd to the royal box, ninety-thousand voices began a wave of cheering which drowned the music of the R.A.A.F. band, the commands over the public address system and the shrill whistles of organizers trying to give signals.
Her Majesty watched a brilliant display by four thousand children, weaving intricate patterns of red, white and blue against the brilliant green of the oval.
Around the fringes of the ground children danced round blue and white maypoles. Among the dancers were blocks of boys and girls who spelled out the word "Welcome" in white and yellow as they lay on the grass.
The childrens' welcome reached its peak as the Queen Mother drove through the ranks of the dancing children in a Landrover. A ten-year-old fair-haired girl acted as the personal representative of the youthful multitude when she presented a bouquet of pink roses to the Queen Mother. She's Elizabeth Noye, from West Preston Primary School.
Earlier Her Majesty met representatives of the women of Victoria at the St. Kilda Town Hall. She drove from Government House down the St. Kilda Road to have morning tea with representatives of women's organizations. The whole of the three-mile route was lined by women and children with a smattering of workers from nearby Government offices.
As the smiling Royalvisitor drove under the decorated archway and around the paths to the Town Hall entrance, hundreds rushed across lawns and flower beds to catch a second glimpse of her. Her Majesty was met by Mrs Bolte, wife of the Premier of Victoria.