On Tuesday, February 9, 1954, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh continued their tour of Australia, journeying from Sydney to Newcastle by train. For their day in Newcastle, which included a civic reception, multiple speeches, a gathering of former servicemen, a rally for thousands of schoolchildren and visit a steelworks, the Queen wore a floral printed shirtwaist dress topped with a pale calot hat with bonnet-style front. The hat had an interesting coiled pyramid braid trim on the side.
The royal couple flew that evening from Williamtown to Evans Head and spent the night in Lismore. On February 10, 1954, they spent the morning in Lismore and flew to Dubbo mid afternoon for a two hour visit including: an official welcome, war memorial visit, military personnel inspection, and walk about the Dubbo Agricultural Show (which had been moved from its usual May date to coincide with the royal visit). For this whirlwind day, Queen Elizabeth wore a floral print dress with sweetheart neckline with matching peplum jacket which was removed in the heat of the day. Her dark calot looks to be a layered crescent shape with light coloured bow on the side.
Hats aside, one journalist described the pace of events and travel over these two days as ““undignified” and “sheer madness.” These photos show a queen who looks elegant, calm and unflappable.
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