Historical Video: Queen’s Visit In 1953

April 10, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II visited Bermuda as part of her Coronation Tour in November 1953, the first stop on a major tour of the Commonwealth that began that year following her coronation five months earlier.

The Queen and the Duke left London by plane in November and visited Bermuda, thence on to Jamaica where they boarded S.S. ‘Gothic’ which was to be their base for the remainder of the tour. After visits to Fiji and Tonga, ‘Gothic’ reached New Zealand on in December for a stay of over a month.

February and March were spent in Australia and the return journey included Ceylon, Aden, Uganda, Malta, where the Queen and the Duke were reunited with their two children and and sailed via Gibraltar to London on the Royal Yacht ‘Britannia’.

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  1. Jean Foggo Simon says:

    How well I remember this day! I see so many faces of my relatives of the St. David’s Island Girl Scouts and Brownies on the steps of St. Peter’s Church in this video. Mrs. Ethel Cannonier was our leader. She did so much for children on SDI and I think of her all the time. When the Duke commented to one of my cousins, she remarked after standing on the steps for so long and was so hot and tired, “long enough!” I shall never forget that.