Royal Visits in the Midlands – Clip 4 – Staffordshire & Derbyshire, March 1957

MACE hold many films, both amateur and professional, of Queen Elizabeth’s visits to the East and West Midlands from before her reign to the 1990, and in run up to to the diamond jubilee celebrations what better moment to highlight some of the films we hold that are available to view online.

Midlands News: 28.03.1957: Royal Visit to Staffordshire and Derbyshire


In this news report filmed by Associated Television for their news bulletin, Midlands News, Queen Elizabeth visits the estate of the Duchy of Lancaster at Hoar Cross near Sudbury, Tutbury Castle and Repton School.

In the clip you will see the arrival, by car, of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at the Needwood Estate of the Duchy of Lancaster. They meet a group of men (probably estate staff) at Hoar Cross and later we see the Queen at Tutbury Castle accompanied by Charles Hill MP (Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster). The Royal party are next seen at Repton school in Derbyshire where the Queen inspects a line of soldiers, opens the Kindersley Gateway and plants a tree. According to The Times newspaper, the Queen was met at Sudbury by H. Wallace-Copland (Lieutenant for Staffordshire) and at Repton by Colonel Sir Ian Walker Okeover (Lieutentant for Derbyshire); Geoffrey Fisher, the Archbishop of Canterbury (Chairman of the Governors of Repton); and T.L. Thomas (headmaster).


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