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Queen Elizabeth leaves Orkney, 11th August 1959
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Queen Elizabeth leaves Orkney, 11th August 1959

Picture no. 2260 and comments refer.

From the comments on the photo of the Queen at Skara Brae I am guessing that this could be the Queen leaving St Margaret's Hope by Barge at 6pm as stated on the itinery! Until reading the comments on the other photo this picture was a mystery to me.
Picture added on 15 April 2007
The barge must be leaving from the corn slip at the Kirkwall pier. Phoebe.
Added by Phoebe Brodie on 17 April 2007
The Corn slip in Kirkwall ( not St. Margarets Hope )
Added by David Tullock on 17 April 2007
Is that not the cornslip in Kirkwall?
Added by Keith Dempsey on 17 April 2007
I would guess that this is the corn slip. Kirkwall pier had 2 nissen huts on, and they can be seen on the left. There was also wooden war time huts left on the pier. All these were demolished to make way for the present sheds. The houses on Cromwell Road can be seen top right.

Definately not St Margarets Hope.
Added by Alastair on 17 April 2007
The orcadian book of the 20th century

page 233 covering the year 1960, this shows the queens visit to orkney on August the 12th. This had been a year later than anticapated, the visit had been organised for 1959, but she fell ill in canada, and had to flyback to britain instead of returning, via orkney on the britannia.

having landed at stromness, she went to scara brae and binscarth house, home of the lord lieutenant of orkney, colonel robert scarth, before reaching kirkwall.

after lunch at the kirkwall hotel, they boarded britannia and set sail for stronsay and westray before sailing for aberdeen.
Added by Alastair on 17 April 2007
Thanks for all the great comments. It's great to be able to make sense of these old photos at long last! Thanks to Alastair for his research, I thought it looked like Kirkwall but the comments about the itinery for the original planned visit lead me astray.
Added by Fiona on 18 April 2007
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