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The ‘Welcome Home Number’ of May 22, 1954
(Appendix List No. 155) was issued as a
record of the Nation’s thanksgiving for the safe return of the Queen.
The incidents of the tour had already been illustrated on 80 pages and
with 300 photographs in all the intervening issues. This number opens
with HMY ‘Britannia’ sailing up the Channel being welcomed
by ships of the Home Fleet. Other photographs show the ship steaming up
the Thames, entering the Pool of London and mooring above Tower Bridge.
The processional drive to the palace is covered at every stage culminating
in the scene of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace being
acclaimed by crowds flocking down the illuminated Mall.