Search results

Start typing

This exhibition is in the past. View our current exhibitions.

HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh entering the City of London during their Silver Wedding celebrations, 20 November 1972

20 Nov 1972

RCIN 2999848

On the occasion of a State entry to the City of London, the Lord Mayor meets the Sovereign at the City boundary – Temple Bar in Fleet Street – and offers his sword of state, point downwards. The Queen touches the sword, after which she continues on her way. This custom dates from the time when Elizabeth I passed through the City boundary on her way to St Paul’s Cathedral to give thanks for the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. In November 1972 The Queen attended a Thanksgiving Service at Westminster Abbey before proceeding to the Guildhall in the City of London – via Temple Bar – for lunch with the Lord Mayor.
  • Council of Photographic News Agencies

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.