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H.M. The Queen planting a Royal Oak at the Speech House

H.M. THe Queen at the Speech House in 1957

This is a young Queen Elizabeth planting an oak tree at the Speech House during a visit to the Forest of Dean in 1957.
James Millard (far right) is the Queen Scout in the picture who had the honour of handing the spade to the Queen. The spade is now on display in the Verderers Court in the Speech House.
The others in the photo are Viscount Bledisloe,Verderer, and R.G. "Sandy" Sanzen- Baker, Deputy Surveyor of the Forest of Dean from 1954-1968.

Gill Knowles added: "... I remember this occasion well as my Dad, Fred Fowler, then manager of Terrett Taylor Ironmongers, was asked to provide the spade that the Queen used to plant the tree".

A site visitor added: "... I was there. Climbed a tree just before the tight bends, The Queen waved at us".

Peggy Ryland added: "... I remember this occasion very well. Everyone at Plump Hill school went to see the Queen. We cheered waved out flags, afterwards we had a picnic a very memorable day! ".

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