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Queen Elizabeth II in Worcestershire

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, has been a constant presence whilst dedicating herself to serving our country and the Commonwealth over seven decades.

During her reign, she made several visits to Worcestershire and was received with warmth and affection by the county’s residents. In 1976 she sent her first ever email from Malvern, and also officially opened The Hive in Worcester in 2012.

The queen visiting the worcester porcelain

1951 Before becoming Queen, Princess Elizabeth visited Worcester to see the Royal Worcester factory and to open the Worcester Porcelain Museum. She also visited Worcester Cathedral during her trip.

The Queen arriving in Worcester

1951 Before becoming Queen, Princess Elizabeth visited Worcester to see the Royal Worcester factory and to open the Worcester Porcelain Museum. She also visited Worcester Cathedral during her trip.

The queen arriving in worcester by train

1957 The Queen on platform 2 of Shrub Hill Station ahead of a visit to Worcester Guildhall.

The Queen visiting a business in Worcestershire

1976 The Queen sending her first Royal email on March 26th 1976, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, a telecommunications research centre in Malvern. The email announced the arrival of a new programming language that had been developed, and was signed off with an informal “Elizabeth R”.

The Queen visiting a business in Worcestershire

1983 The official opening of Millward Square in Redditch and visit to the Kingfisher Centre. The queen also opened Forge Mill Museum, and visited a local company, Hymatic Engineering on her visit.

The Queen meeting people in Worcesterhsire

1989 Her Majesty The Queen visited Worcester for the 800th anniversary of the presenting of the first Royal Charter to Worcester.

The Queen being presented flowers by people in Worcestershire

1989 Her Majesty The Queen visited Worcester for the 800th anniversary of the presenting of the first Royal Charter to Worcester.

The Queen and Prince Phillip signing a visitors book

2001 Her Majesty The Queen came to Worcester as part of the 250-year celebrations of Worcester Porcelain and to open the new Worcester City Police Station.

The Queen on the High Street in Worcester

2001 After visiting these two locations and meeting people, she had lunch at Worcester Guildhall and then visited North Bromsgrove High School in the afternoon.

The Queen arriving at The Hive

2012 During her Diamond Jubilee year, The Queen visited Worcester where she opened The Hive, had lunch in Worcester Guildhall and visited Worcester Cathedral

The Queen opening The Hive in Worcester in 2012

2012 The Queen opening The Hive in Worcester

The Queen at the Guildhall in Worcester

2012 The Queen at the Guildhall in Worcester

Photos within this tribute have been sourced from collections across the county, including photos within our own Explore The Past archives. Thank you also to the Museum of Royal Worcester, Kidderminster Library, Worcester City HER and Malvern Radar and Technology History Society for contributions to our archives. An exhibition commemorating all of Queen Elizabeth II’s visits to the county is on display in the Hive until the end of the year.