Great celebrations in city for Queen’s Silver Jubilee

The Queen arrives in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, on June 29, 1977, to mark her Silver Jubilee
The Queen arrives in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, on June 29, 1977, to mark her Silver Jubilee
Looking down London Road circa 1903. The Horndean Light Railway tracks are on the right.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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Next month we celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a special bank holiday marking the six decades since her accession to the throne.

Today we go back 35 years to June 29, 1977, when the Queen visited Portsmouth to mark her Silver Jubilee.

It led to great celebrations throughout the city and when she arrived in Guildhall Square to be met by the lord mayor and city council there were thousands there to greet her beneath a giant crown suspended in mid-air.

This photograph on the right demonstrates how the then relatively new square was designed to form an arena for such public occasions – a space we now take for granted.