Happy 60th Your Majesty!

Kate Skerritt presents HM the queen with a beautiful bouquet of flowers during her visit to RM Condor, the Queen is accompanied  by Lt Col Tim Bevis CO of 45 Commando

Kate Skerritt presents HM the queen with a beautiful bouquet of flowers during her visit to RM Condor, the Queen is accompanied by Lt Col Tim Bevis CO of 45 Commando

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WITH Her Majesty the Queen celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this weekend we decided to take a look back at some local royal celebrations and her only official visit to Arbroath.

Queen Elizabeth II became the monarch in February 1952 after the death of her father King George VI.

A year later in June 1953 her coronation took place at Westminster Abbey with people taking to the streets up and down the country to hold parties.

Arbroath was no different with a picture, contributed by Marilyn Neave, showing sports competitions that were held in McDonald Park in honour of the event.

However, the town had to wait 52 years into her reign before welcoming Her Majesty on an official visit.

On July 1, 2004, accompanied by her ever present husband, The Duke of Edinburgh she visited RM Condor before officially opening the Community Access and Learning Centre at Angus College.

Dressed in a lemon yellow suit with matching hat and toting her trademark black handbag, she unveiled a plaque as well as touring the facilities.

Unfortunately for Carnoustie and Monifieth, there is no record of Her Majesty visiting the towns on official business during her reigns, but as she still continues with a packed schedule despite being 86, there may be still time for a royal visit yet.

Recently, schools and clubs in the local area have been marking the Queen’s 60 years, the first Diamond Jubilee since the reign of Queen Victoria and only the second in British history.