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Princess Elizabeth at Swindon Works, November 1950

Princess Elizabeth at Swindon Works, November 1950


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Filename: R9-091 Queen Elizabeth II at Swindon Works Nov 1952 on footplate.jpg

Size: 2810 x 3620 (3.8MB)

Date: 1st March 2018

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: R9 091

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Princess Elizabeth at Swindon Works, November 1950

Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II, is stood on the footplate of Star Class locomotive, No 4057, Princess Elizabeth. The Princess was at the Works for the official naming of the locomotive, Swindon

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© STEAM Museum of the GWR

1950s 1952 Queen Queen Elizabeth Ii Royal Royalty Star Class Swindon Swindon Works


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In this print from the STEAM Museum of the GWR, we are transported back to November 1950, where a young Princess Elizabeth graces us with her presence at Swindon Works. Standing confidently on the footplate of Star Class locomotive No 4057, aptly named Princess Elizabeth in her honor, she exudes regal elegance and poise. This momentous occasion marked the official naming ceremony of the locomotive, and it is evident that all eyes were fixated on the radiant princess. Her timeless beauty shines through as she gazes into the distance with a sense of purpose and determination. The year was significant not only for its royal visit but also because it foreshadowed Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne just two years later. This photograph captures a pivotal moment in history when an extraordinary woman embarked on an incredible journey that would shape not only her life but also an entire nation. As we delve into this snapshot frozen in time, we cannot help but marvel at how seamlessly royalty intertwines with industrial prowess. The juxtaposition between Princess Elizabeth's refined grace and the powerful machinery surrounding her creates a visually striking image that encapsulates both strength and sophistication. Decades may have passed since this enchanting encounter at Swindon Works, yet Queen Elizabeth II continues to inspire admiration worldwide. This print serves as a poignant reminder of her enduring legacy as one of Britain's most beloved monarchs.

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