On Wednesday, February 3, 1954, Queen Elizabeth made history as Australia’s first and only monarch to set foot on its soil, arriving at Farm Cove in Sydney in a floral frock and calot hat of layered crin petals.
On this tour, the Queen would travel 10,000 miles by air on 33 flights, 2000 miles by road on 207 trips, and visit not only all state and territory capitals except Darwin, but an additional 70 country towns as well. By all accounts, this was a momentous tour and over the next 57 days, we’re going to follow it (and its marvelous hats!) to its April 1, 1954 conclusion from our vantage point today, some 67 years later.
Images from Getty as indicated