Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, is now flying across the Pacific to Honolulu on the next stage of her journey to New Zealand and Australia.
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, is now flying across the Pacific to Honolulu on the next stage of her journey to New Zealand and Australia. The aircraft carrying her Majesty left Vancouver, Canada, for Honolulu early this afternoon, Australian Eastern Time.
Meanwhile, selected Commonwealth drivers who'll man the fleet of cars for the Queen Mother's visit are completing special training in Melbourne.
Opening the car doors quickly and smoothly is one of the drivers' duties. The men are rehearsing every type of situation likely to be encountered, such as enabling occupants to transfer quickly and comfortably from one car to another. Fixing the Royal standard to their vehicles is another of the drivers' responsibilities. The drivers have been attending lectures in Melbourne, and getting plenty of practice on the roads.
The appearance of the chauffeurs is of prime importance and, special parades are held for uniform inspection. Nineteen drivers are in the group being trained in Melbourne. They include the Prime Minister's personal driver, Mr. Peter Pearson.
Moving in unison, with all the precision and polish of the parade-ground, the men have already achieved a high standard of drill. The drivers will take part in several full-dress rehearsals of the Royal progress through Melbourne before Her Majesty's arrival. Most of the men will drive in all the states visited by Her Majesty.