The modernistic Wilson Hall at Melbourne University this afternoon made a magnificent setting for the ceremony in which the Queen Mother received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.
The modernistic Wilson Hall at Melbourne University this afternoon made a magnificent setting for the ceremony in which the Queen Mother received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. The degree is the University's highest honour. More than twelve-thousand people packed the Hall and several hundred more watched the ceremony from outside through the glass wall at the Eastern end of the building. Crowds lining the University drive saw Her Majesty arrive. At the entrance to the cloisters the Royal Car drove past a guard of honour of the Melbourne University Regiment, to where the Chancellor, Mr. Justice Dean was waiting to greet the Queen Mother.
The Queen Mother was preceded into Wilson Hall by members of the University Council and staff. In the meantime, she had donned the robes of a Doctor of Laws - a red gown with white facings and a black bonnet with red cord and tassel.
Mr. Justice Dean led Her Majesty onto the dais. He announced later that he'd received a good-will telegram from the University of London, of which the Queen Mother is Chancellor.
Mr. Justice Dean then presented Her Majesty with the Degree of Doctor of Laws, and the Queen Mother made her way to the front of the dais to speak.
Afterwards, the Queen Mother had ten on the lawns with the Chancellor and other members of the University. She also spent several minutes chatting with students.