The short visit of the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship in Newcastle on Thursday reminded us of the time Her Majesty The Queen stopped into the Hunter.
In 1954 she was met by a crowd of 44,000 school children at the Broadmeadow Showground, where Her Majesty toured the site of the upcoming Newcastle Show.
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It was, they say, the greatest Newcastle Show of all time.
And it was all thanks to a woman who did not even attend. Still, that sort of thing can happen when the woman is question is the Queen.
As the gates open at this year’s Newcastle Show, we have dug up photos of Queen Elizabeth II’s original visit, as well as other prominent royals who have graced our shores. Check out the gallery above.