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ROYAL   VISITS

PRINCESS   MARGARET  and  LORD  SNOWDON

During May 1967 the School was granted a Royal visit by Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon.

We received little warning apart from Margaret Clarke who was given the important job of presenting the Princess with a bouquet of flowers.



The Guides line up


Guide leader Elsie Coyne makes the final adjustments to
uniforms prior to the inspection in 1966 by HRH Princess Margaret.
We think the first Guide in the picture is Margaret Graham.

Photo taken from 1st June 1967 "CityWEEK".

On the day the entire school was stood around the roundabout at the main entrance. The school Cubs, Scout and Guide groups were paraded and inspected by the Royal party.

The "huge" cars arrived and the visit started.

At this stage the Princess and Snowdon planted trees in the middle of the roundabout at the school entrance.   Facing the school main doors the tree planted by Princesss Margaret was on the left of the path while that of Lord Snowdon was on the right.   These trees are no longer there and are not even marked by small plaques.  The Princess and her entourage were given a guided tour of the school before being taken again outside where the flowers were presented.

Margaret Clarke presents flowers to Princess Margaret

Photograph used by the "Belfast Telegraph" showing
Margaret Clarke presenting the bouquet to Princess Margaret ..
Lord Snowdon looks on behind.

Margaret is with we assume Mrs Denmark wife of the Principal.
I do not recognise the group of people to the right but
assume they are the Board of Governors.
Also pictured is the Mayor of Newtownabbey.

Margaret Clarke presents flowers to Princess Margaret

Photograph used by the "CityWEEK" newspaper
showing Margaret Clarke presenting the bouquet to
Princess Margaret .. Lord Snowdon looks on behind.

Margaret with we assume Mrs Denmark wife of the Principal.