Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and East Yorkshire
Fri, 09 Sep 2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited the East Riding for both the Silver Jubilee in 1977 and the Golden Jubilee in 2002, though Her Majesty's first visit to the area was to Beverley Minster in 1950 before taking the throne.

In July 1981, The Queen officially opened the Humber Bridge, congratulating engineers involved in the project. The Queen said it made "a personal hat-trick of spectacular proportions" as she had also opened the Forth and Severn bridges. "Not only its size but its beauty makes it such a splendid advertisement for British engineering," she added.

Her Majesty last visited the East Riding in 2009 when accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, who died last year, when she opened the Queen's Centre for Oncology and Haematology at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham.

The most memorable visit came in 2002 as part of her Golden Jubilee tour when Her Majesty and the Duke arrived by Royal Train into Beverley and attended a service for rural life at Beverley Minster, followed by a walkabout in Saturday Market.

The couple visited the college at Bishop Burton before attending a lunch, hosted by the council, at Beverley Racecourse and then presented a trophy to the winning female jockey in the Gold Jubilee race.

The Queen's final visit to East Yorkshire was during Hull's year as UK City of Culture in November 2017.

Hundreds of people greeted her at the city's Paragon railway station as she arrived for her visit to the Siemens Gamesa factory on Alexandra Dock, before she went on to open a new medical building at the University of Hull.


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