Royal Visit of 1953-54

Page 9 – Later royal visits

Later visits by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

On 30 January 1954 the Gothic sailed from Bluff and after a brief side trip into Milford Sound, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip departed for Australia. They have returned nine times since then.

  • 6-18 February 1963: During this tour the Queen attended celebrations at Waitangi and the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council was established as New Zealand’s gift to the Queen.
  • 12-30 March 1970: The Queen participated in the James Cook bicentenary celebrations and introduced Prince Charles and Princess Anne to New Zealand. This tour saw the first ‘walk-about’ during a royal visit.
  • 30 January - 8 February 1974: The Queen attended – and closed – the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch and participated in New Zealand Day events at Waitangi.
  • 22 February - 7 March 1977: This was a tour of the Commonwealth to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
  • 12-20 October 1981: A short visit which followed a Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Melbourne.
  • 22 February - 2 March 1986: At a rally of schoolchildren at Ellerslie an egg was thrown at the Queen.
  • 1-16 February 1990: The Queen closed the Commonwealth Games in Auckland and took part in events marking the sesquicentennial of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • 1-10 November 1995: The Queen attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Auckland.
  • 22-27 February 2002: The Queen visited New Zealand as part of the commemoration of her 50th Jubilee.
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