Military Rd shops were draped in festive red, white and blue as Her Majesty drove through Mosman village and down Middle Head Rd on the scorching afternoon, with author Gavin Souter describing a suburb gripped by a “loyal frenzy”.
“Houses were decorated with flags and bunting, and footpaths beside the Royal progress were crowded with cheering thousands,” he says in his book, Mosman: A History.
“At Georges Heights the Queen and Duke spent a few minutes with the 1st Field Regiment, before continuing down to Penguin.
“At the entry to Commonwealth land on Middle Head, the cavalcade drove under a floral arch erected by the Mosman Home Gardeners and Orchid Society. Two hundred willing workers wired about two tonnes of flowers to the Crown arch and side wings.”
Four years later, in 1958, the Queen Mother also visited HMAS Penguin, with 500,000 people lining the route from the city to Mosman, before the Royal Barge transported her across the heads, and onto Manly.