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singing crowd burst through the barricade.
On March 11, 1977, the Queen and Prince Philip flew into
Newcastle as part of the Royal Silver Jubilee tour, greeted
by about 2000 people at Williamtown Airport and a further
4000 in Civic Park, where the Queen opened Newcastle Art
During Australia’s bicentennial in 1988, the Queen and
Prince made a six-hour trip to Newcastle to open the
Newcastle Regional Museum and The Foreshore park,
where they were greeted by a crowd of about 40,000.
Another memorable royal visit was that of the Prince and
Princess of Wales in late March, 1983, where at Newcastle’s
International Sports Centre the couple was greeted by
43,000 schoolchildren, who Prince Charles told “my ears
are ringing with the noise you made” .
At Maitland 30,000 people lined High St for the couple’s
Prince Charles acknowledged the problems facing the
Hunter Valley’s coal and steel industry at the time.
“We know that it isn’t an easy time for Newcastle at the
moment, but if it is any consolation it isn’t any easier in the
United Kingdom either. We know that this region is based
on coal and steelmaking industries, both of which are
suffering considerable contraction and difficulties at this
The Prince added: “But of course the main resource
above all else is the region’s people. And the region’s
people have given us the most stupendous welcome here
today, for which we are both grateful.”
“The main resource above all else is the
region’s people. And the region’s people have
given us the most stupendous welcome . . .”
Four-year-old Annabelle Trail meets the Queen
in Civic Park in 1977, top, and crowds brave the rain
at the 1954 royal visit.
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