Opening of the Beehive in Wellington, 1977

The interior of the Beehive, Parliament Buildings, Wellington, with tapestries by Guy Ngan in the foreground photographed during the opening of Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II (standing on the landing with Prime Minister Robert Muldoon), 28 February 1977.

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Robert Taylor QSM

Posted: 27 Nov 2016

My name is Robert Taylor (later to receive the QSM) I was then working as an announcer for NZBC and was covering the opening of the Beehive with a descriptive commentary. I am standing directly above the Queen wearing a grey suit and with a mustache in those days looking down. The room was a buzz with chatter before the Queen arrived but fell into a gasp and silence when she walked in. The room just overawed by her very presence.