The Queen's visit to Hitchin

Presenting British Schools Museum with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

By Ann Judge

Children from Whitehill School put on a fine display of flag-waving
Afsi Ecuyer, Rosemary Ransome, Scilla Douglas and David Cannon
The Town Crier 'warmed up' the crowd
Afsi Ecuyer, Rosemary Ransome, Scilla Douglas and David Cannon
The Revd Michael Rodin rehearsing the choir of St Mary's Church, and the crowd, who sang Jerusalem, accompanied by Hitchin Town Band, when the Queen arrived.
Afsi Ecuyer, Rosemary Ransome, Scilla Douglas and David Cannon
Volunteers from the British Schools Museum gather - dressed in Victorian costume
Afsi Ecuyer, Rosemary Ransome, Scilla Douglas and David Cannon
The Queen arrives, escorted by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, the Countess of Verulam
Afsi Ecuyer, Rosemary Ransome, Scilla Douglas and David Cannon
The Queen was welcomed to Hitchin by her cousin, Sir Simon Bowes Lyon
Afsi Ecuyer, Rosemary Ransome, Scilla Douglas and David Cannon
Yvonne Limbrick and Terry Ransome received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service on behalf of all 150 volunteers at the museum, and those who have helped at the museum since it opened in 1994.
Afsi Ecuyer, Rosemary Ransome, Scilla Douglas and David Cannon
The Queen was presented with a gift of Hitchin Lavender by Theodore Dye, a direct descendant of a man who presented Hitchin Lavender to Queen Victoria
Afsi Ecuyer, Rosemary Ransome, Scilla Douglas and David Cannon
As the Queen moves on, museum volunteers gathered round to admire the Award
Afsi Ecuyer, Rosemary Ransome, Scilla Douglas and David Cannon

On Thursday 14th June Hitchin welcomed Her Majesty the Queen to the town.

Her Majesty was continuing her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK, and would later visit the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, and Hatfield House for a private reception and lunch with Lord Salisbury.

While in the town’s Market Place the Queen presented The Queens Award for Voluntary Service to the volunteer team at the British Schools Museum.

These images show something of the excitement in Hitchin’s Market Place as crowds gathered and welcomed The Queen.

This page was added on 28/06/2012.

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