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Royal tours were to play a large part during the early
part of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. The first (and biggest) Royal Tour
of the present reign, in 1953 and 1954, was basically the round-the-globe
Commonwealth journey which Her Majesty as Princess Elizabeth was about
to accomplish when her father died. Now the itinerary was greatly extended
and the programme stuffed with engagements beyond counting. The travellers
were away from the UK for six months and logged 50,000 miles, visiting
Bermuda, Jamaica, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand (for 6 weeks), Australia (for
2 months), Ceylon, Aden, Uganda, Libya, Malta and Gibraltar.
(Appendix List No. 154). It shows the Queen
setting off on the B.O.A.C. stratocruiser ‘Canopus’ for the
flight to Bermuda, the first stage of the tour. The other pages have scenes
of places the royal pair would be visiting during the tour.