One of Harrogate’s oldest schools is celebrating a long tradition with the Royal Family ahead of the Jubilee celebrations.

In 1957, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Harrogate Ladies College after spending the day at the Great Yorkshire Show.

The Queen was presented with a bouquet of red roses by the school’s then Head Girl Fenella Hamilton-Turner, and a photograph of the occasion is in the school today.

This followed on from a previous correspondence the school had with the Queen.

At the Harrogate Ladies College annual Speech Day in 1953 – the year of the Queen’s Coronation – the Chairman of the School, Lord Davidson, sent greetings to the Queen as part of the school’s own sixtieth anniversary that year.

It led to a personal message to the school which was read to school pupils and staff.

Later that year, Princess Mary visited Harrogate Ladies College to open the new school gates – a jubilee gift from the Harrogate College Union.

The gates in wrought iron were the work of the Scottish Country Industries Development Trust and were designed by Charles Guthrie.

Principal Mrs Sylvia Brett said the school was very proud of its Royal connections:

“We’ve got some wonderful pictures of the Queen’s visit and the Princess Royal enjoying tea in the school library and it’s a lovely part of the long and interesting history of the school.”

For the Platinum Jubilee this year, pupils at Highfield Prep School, part of the Harrogate Ladies College family, took part in a day of Jubilee themed celebrations and a special Jubilee Dinner was held for college pupils. 

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