The Queen in our city

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited the city many times during her lifetime. Here are some of the highlights.

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31 October 2013

The Queen opened the Keep, a world-class centre for archives including the Royal Pavilion & Museums Local History Collections, based near Falmer, Brighton. Earlier in the day the Queen visited nearby West Quay fisheries in Newhaven, South Downs YHA (Youth Hostel Association) and Harveys brewery in Lewes.

8 March 2007

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited for the 200th anniversary of the Theatre Royal. During the visit, the Queen was shown around Jubilee Library and the Duke saw a workshop at the Pavilion Theatre. Prince Philip visited The Crew Club in Coolham Drive to officially open the youth club's new building and the Queen visited the Roundabout Children's Centre in Whitehawk Road where she visited the nursery and the family room before officially opening the centre which serves children under five and their families.

The Royal couple also attended a reception at Brighton Dome followed by lunch at Brighton Racecourse.

29 March 2001

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh met children from Goldstone Junior School, Knoll Infant School, Hill Park School (called Hillside at the time) and Aldrington Church of England Primary School.

The visit also included a trip to o the Brighthelm Centre to greet St John’s Ambulance volunteers and Big Issue sellers.

31 May 1979

The Queen officially opened Brighton Marina when she and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Brighton for the first time in 17 years. They also took a stroll through the historic shopping streets during the trip.

13 November 1964

The Queen officially opened the main library at the then fledgling University of Sussex

16 July 1962                             

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh opened the George Street Renovation Scheme in Hove and also visited Brighton College.

18 May 1951

Princess Elizabeth visited Brighton & Hove as part of a tour of Sussex, also taking in Hastings and Lewes. She visited the Brighton Palace Pier, Royal Pavilion and Hove Town Hall.

4 December 1945

Princess Elizabeth visited Preston Manor, Brighton, after reviewing troops at King Alfred, Hove, which was a Royal Navy training site at the time.