The Royal Ball was the culmination of a day in Canberra packed with official engagements for the Queen Mother.
The Royal Ball was the culmination of a day in Canberra packed with official engagements for the Queen Mother. The Ball was one of the most brilliant social engagements the National capital has ever known. A fanfare of trumpets heralded Her Majesty's entrance into Parliament House. More than one thousand guests were there as she was met at the foot of the steps by the Prime Minister, Mr. Menzies. Outside Parliament House a crowd of more than seven thousand people had given the Queen Mother one of the most tumultuous welcomes so far of her Australian tour.
During the evening the Queen Mother stood for several minutes, with Mr. Menzies by her side, looking at a portrait showing King George the Sixth and herself when they were Duke and Duchess of York at the opening ceremony of the first session of Federal Parliament in Canberra.
And then the Queen Mother entered the ballroom and walked slowly past the line of curtseying women and their escorts. Kings Hall was decorated with flowers flown specially to Canberra for the occasion. The Queen Mother was wearing a billowing white tulle crinoline. Australia's gift diamond and ruby brooch was pinned to the blue sash of the Order of the Garter.
For the first half hour of her arrival the Queen Mother sat in a throne chair and received members of the Federal Parliament and their wives. The Queen Mother has now left Canberra, but for those who were at the Ball it will be a night to live long in their memories.