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Honorary Remembrancer Recalls Queen’s Visits to Guildford

Published on: 9 Sep, 2022
Updated on: 11 Sep, 2022

The Queen, on one of her ten visits to Guildford during her reign, opening the St Lukes Cancer Centre in 1997.

Matthew Alexander

Guildford’s Honorary Rembrancer Matthew Alexander is expecting to be interviewed by BBC Radio Surrey tomorrow (Saturday, September 10) about the late Queen’s visits to Guildford during her reign.

Here is the list he has drawn up:

  • June 27 1957 the Queen and Prince Phillip visited Guildford to inspect work at the Cathedral, signing two of the bricks used to build it. At the Guildhall she was given the traditional royal plum cake by Lord Onslow as the High Steward of Guildford.
  • May 17 1961 the Queen and Prince Phillip attended the consecration of the Cathedral.
  • October 30 1964 the Queen opened the Women’s Royal Army Corp’s Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

Press photo of the Queen’s visit in 1964 to open the new camp, named Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

  • January 14 1967 the Queen visited St Mary’s Church, Worplesdon for the marriage of her goddaughter Rosemary Elizabeth Elphinstone. She had also visited -as Princess Elizabeth – in 1947 for her christening.
  • May 26 1979 the Queen again visited the WRAC at Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • February 27 1981 the Queen opened the new Royal Surrey County Hospital in Egerton Road.
  • February 21 1997 the Queen and Prince Phillip opened St Luke’s Cancer Centre, and was the Patron of Royal Surrey County Hospital at the time of her death.
  • December 11 1998 the Queen and Prince Phillip toured Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd at the Surrey Research Park.
  • April 3 2006 the Queen and Prince Phillip toured Guildford after distributing Maundy Money at the Cathedral. They were again presented with the traditional plum cake at the Guildhall.
  • November 18 2011 the Queen and Prince Phillip Queen visited Guildford Cathedral once more to celebrate its Golden Jubilee

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