The visit of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, to Canberra is drawing to a close.?
The visit of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, to Canberra is drawing to a close. At eleven a.m. tomorrow she will board the Royal aircraft at Fairbairn airport to fly to Brisbane. Her Majesty's last engagement during her present visit to Canberra, is a dinner to be given jointly by the High Commissioners for British Commonwealth countries in Australia. In just under an hour from now, Her majesty is due to arrive for the dinner at Canberra House, the residence of the British High Commissioner, Lord Carrington. This evening she planted a eucalypt tree in the Government House grounds, not far from two trees planted by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1954. Her Majesty also received the leader of the Federal Opposition, Doctor Evatt and Mrs. Evatt. Earlier in Canberra today, Her majesty fulfilled the main purpose of her visit to Canberra. At the Assembly Hall, she was to open the fourteenth bi-ennial conference of the British Empire Service League.
First to arrive was the Prime Minister - Mr.Menzies - and Dame Pattie Menzies. The Queen Mother had earlier placed a wreath on the Stone of Remembrance at the National War Memorial. The Governor-General's car was the next to pass the cheering crowds that lined the streets outside the Albert Hall. Sir William Slim and Lady Slim waited, with everyone else for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth.
The Royal car swept slowly up the drive. In the bright sunshine, which has been a feature of her four day visit to Canberra, the Queen Mother's personal standard waved bravely at the mast-head. Then, with the Governor-General escorting her, Queen Elizabeth entered the Assembly Hall.
The British Empire Service League's conference was about to open. First Sir Williams Slim.....
After the official speeches were over, but before leaving the Assembly Hall grounds, Her Majesty stayed to talk informally with some British war veterans. With Sir William Slim, she spent some time with William Williams, who campaigned in the Boer War.
For these men who had served Britain so faithfully, Queen Elizabeth had a warm smile, and an intense personal interest in their exploits. This was the highlight of Her Majesty's visit to Canberra, and for these ex-servicemen it was a moment that brought its own reward -- the gracious smile of Australia's Royal visitor.