Memories of our history-making monarch in Leeds

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September 9 will see the Queen become the longest reigning British monarch in history.

Elizabeth II will pass the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria who, Buckingham Palace has calculated, reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes.

JULY 2012: A young girl gives The Queen a posy of flowers as she goes walkabout on Briggate during her visit to mark her Diamond Jubilee year.

JULY 2012: A young girl gives The Queen a posy of flowers as she goes walkabout on Briggate during her visit to mark her Diamond Jubilee year.

And today the Yorkshire Evening Post delves into its archives to chronicle the Queen’s visits to Leeds over the last six decades.

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She has visited the city for a variety of public engagements - she was even here in 1949 before she was made Queen, as Princess Elizabeth, when she visited Leeds Civic Hall and watched Leeds Children’s Day during the same visit.

She took to the throne on February 6, 1952 and later that decade she was back again in Leeds for a two-day visit, which included a trip to clothier Montague Burton’s factory.

She was then taken on a 63-mile car journey around Leeds and the surrounding area.

The Queen and the Duke returned on October 22, 1965 to officially open Seacroft Civic Centre and again on July 12 and 13 as part of her national Silver Jubilee tour.

During her visit she also took the time to meet Leeds United players at Elland Road.

And 2012 marked the monarch’s first visit to the city since her Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Accompanied by Prince Phillip the Royal couple arrived in Briggate to cheers from thousands of people as she visited the newly-refurbished Leeds City Varieties.

They took time to stop and speak to local school children as a sea of miniature Union flags waved.

The YEP reported at the time that the Duke even surprised a number of children who wanted to give flowers to the Queen by asking his protection officers to lift them over the barrier and escort them to his wife who was greeting nearby well-wishers.

As they arrived, hundreds of bright, orange balloons were released into the sky over Leeds as the city’s ambition to become a Child Friendly City was officially launched.

* Share your favourite memories of the monarch in Leeds. Email them to: yep.newsdesk@ypn.co.uk

Paula Dillon, President of Leeds Chamber Commerce.

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