All the colour and solemnity of a great academic occasion marked the visit, May 13, to the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Salisbury, of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in her role as Chancellor of London University.
All the colour and solemnity of a great academic occasion marked the visit, May 13, to the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Salisbury, of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in her role as Chancellor of London University. This was the first of more than 50 public engagements arranged for the Queen Mother's three-week tour of the Federation, for which she arrived in Salisbury on May 11.
Acclaimed by students, staff members and more than 3,000 persons of all races, including the Governor-General, Lord Dalhousie, the Queen Mother said: "Although Salisbury is many thousands of miles from London I feel very much at home when I revisit University College." It is the Queen Mother's third visit to the college, of which she was installed as President in 1957. Earlier, in 1953, she laid the college's foundation stone.
Welcoming the Queen Mother Lord Malvern, chairman of the college council, mentioned the great debt the university owed to the University of London. The Queen Mother said that when seven years ago she laid the foundation stone of the college the idea of a multi-racial university college still seemed a dream and vision in the minds of the men and women who had the faith and courage. Today their reward was great "for they see that this courage is beginning to meet that need through the young men and women whom we greet today."
A change of programme for her visit to Northern Rhodesia is being considered by the Queen Mother, as a result of unrest in the Copperbelt where she is due to arrive May 20. The proposal is that she presents new Colours to the Northern Rhodesia Regiment at its depot 16 miles from Kit we instead of at the town's Scrivener Stadium. This would a void a drive through a native township. Other changes of route have also been suggested.