Look back at the Queen's visits to WokinghamBy Tom Close
June 01, 2012
Wokingham folk are gearing up for what will surely be a party to remember. We dipped into the archives to see how the town celebrated previous royal occasions.
Her Majesty’s first trip to the town was in June 1962. She arrived with Prince Philip in a Rolls Royce and the route was lined with flag-waving well-wishers.
Large crowds gathered again in 1974, when the Queen visited Wellington College. She took the time to talk to many, before opening the college’s new building.
Royal fever built in the town again for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in the summer of 1977. Not even the rain could dampen spirits, as street parties, picnics and games marked Her Majesty’s 25-year reign.
The Union Jacks were flying once again as the Queen reached the milestone of half a century on the throne in 2002. The Golden Jubilee was marked in Wokingham with plenty of bunting, fun and games and a commemorative plaque.
Her Majesty’s most recent visit to the area was October last year, when she visited Wellington College in Crowthorne to officially open an International Round Square conference. She was joined by the Duke of York and King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece.