Prince Phillip Visits Pangbourne College
Berkshire schoolchildren welcomed a very special visitor to their college as they celebrated its 100th anniversary.
The Queen and Prince Philip arrived at Pangbourne College by helicopter for an event which marked its centenary year on Tuesday, May 9. The college was founded in 1917 as a training college of the merchant Navy and the 400 pupils there still practice ceremonial parades.
Dressed in full uniform the 11 to 18-year-olds stood to attention as the Royal couple were driven from their helicopter to the parade square, where a silver band welcomed them.
They were greeted by High Sheriff of Berkshire Sarah Scrope and a number of other VIP guests before attending a thanksgiving ceremony in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel, which the Queen opened in 2000. Speaking after the Queen and Prince Philip had gone in to lunch, 15-year-old Jasmin Simpson-Smith said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to have her here, a once in a lifetime thing. “We found out she was coming earlier this year and we’ve had lots of parade practice since then, polishing our shoes and making sure our outfits were ready.
The Queen drives through the town centre on her first visit to Wokingham in 1962
Wokingham folk are gearing up for what will surely be a party to remember. We dipped into the archives to see how the town celebrated previous royal occasions.
Her Majesty’s first trip to the town was in June 1962. She arrived with Prince Philip in a Rolls Royce and the route was lined with flag-waving well-wishers
The Union Jacks were flying once again as the Queen reached the milestone of half a century on the throne in 2002. The Golden Jubilee was marked in Wokingham with plenty of bunting, fun and games and a commemorative plaque.
Her Majesty’s most recent visit to the area was October last year, when she visited Wellington College in Crowthorne to officially open an International Round Square conference. She was joined by the Duke of York and King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece.
Prince Phillip Visits West Berkshire Youth
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Prince Philip Visits Englefield House
The Duke of Edinburgh who gained his pilots wings at White Waltham Airfield near Maidenhead, arrived in the Royal Flight’s Wessex helicopter during a visit to the Englefield Estate, Theale in 1955.
Whilst touring the area he is pictured chatting to members of the Benyon family and estate workers.
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