Forty years have passed since Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip drove through Lundin Links, following an engagement at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. The above photograph captured their car on Leven Road, with Aldersyde in the background. The photograph below shows some of the pupils of Lundin Mill Primary School walking along to take up their positions along the route shortly beforehand. Miss Elizabeth Bell is leading her class towards the front of the group. Mrs Margaret Ross follows behind with her slightly older class. Flags and banners are grasped in hands, ready to be waved.
The further images below were taken slightly earlier along the route, on Largo Road close to the junction with Cupar Road. Here householders also knew when to expect the car and were ready to wave and cheer - many receiving a royal wave in return. This was the summer of 1982 but the weather does not seem to have been particularly warm.
Wearing pale blue with a matching hat, the Queen had been in Anstruther to open an extension to the Scottish Fisheries Museum and had also dined at the Craw's Nest Hotel. The image below, courtesy of the Scottish Fisheries Museum, shows the royal couple in the courtyard of the museum. Perhaps for many this day was the only occasion when they saw the Queen in person. If you have memories or images from this day, please do get in touch.
Who would have thought that four decades later Queen Elizabeth II would celebrate her Platinum Jubilee? Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in London on 21 April 1926 and died on 8 September 2022 at Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.