Memorable day for City as the Queen goes walkabout

Sheer delight on the face on these Brownies during the Queen's Silver Jubilee walkabout in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, in 1977

Sheer delight on the face on these Brownies during the Queen's Silver Jubilee walkabout in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, in 1977

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Today we look back at that memorable day in 1977 when the Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee in Portsmouth.

It included a magnificent series of events around the city, but the tribute began with a Fleet Review off Spithead with 170 naval ships, both British and foreign, taking part.

A young lad gets an unforgettable moment with the Queen during her 1977 Silver Jubilee walkabout in Commercial Road, Portsmouth

A young lad gets an unforgettable moment with the Queen during her 1977 Silver Jubilee walkabout in Commercial Road, Portsmouth

The Queen watched the review from the royal yacht Britannia, while overhead there was a flypast by the Fleet Air Arm.

In the main picture here, the expression on the face of the Brownie (third from the left) summed up the joy of all the young people who met the Queen during her walkabout among youth organisations in Guildhall Square.

And to bring us right up to date, News chief photographer Malcolm Wells was on hand in May last year to catch the Queen at Gunwharf Quays.

She had enjoyed lunch with her friend Sir Donald Gosling on board his yacht for the unofficial visit to the city.

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