PICTURES: The Queen's visit to Brighton College 60 years ago ahead of Platinum Jubilee

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Left, Queen Elizabeth II walking Brighton College's grounds. Right, Her Royal Highness with former headmaster William Stewart
Left, Queen Elizabeth II walking Brighton College's grounds. Right, Her Royal Highness with former headmaster William Stewart

AHEAD of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, we take a look at her visit to Brighton College almost 60 years ago.

Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, came for a guided tour of its grounds with Prince Philip on Monday July 16, 1962.

They can be seen pictured with headmaster at the time, William Stewart, passing rows of students for the occasion.

The visit happened thanks to the headmaster’s efforts. He had got to know the Duke of Norfolk due to their shared interest in cricket, and had often asked the Duke if he could arrange a visit from the Queen.

The Argus: Queen Elizabeth II walking Brighton College's grounds
The Argus: Queen Elizabeth II walking Brighton College's grounds

Queen Elizabeth II walking Brighton College's grounds

A spokesman for Brighton College said: “During her visit, the Queen unveiled a plaque to commemorate the day, which can still be seen on the outside of the east wall of the Chapel.

“The day is remembered fondly by those who were lucky enough to be there, and many Old Brightonians from the period consider it their favourite memory from their time at the College.

“Stewart later sent a letter of thanks, and he received a very positive response from Buckingham Palace which confirmed how much the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh enjoyed the trip.”

The Argus: Queen Elizabeth II with headmaster William Stewart
The Argus: Queen Elizabeth II with headmaster William Stewart

Queen Elizabeth II with headmaster William Stewart

The pictures were taken for the Brighton Herald.

The Queen can be seen walking the grounds and unveiling a plaque within the college.

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