The Queen goes Underground in Glasgow

Today marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne and to celebrate the occasion, we ventured into the STV archive to unearth footage of her time in Scotland.

One stand-out clip came from November 1 1979, when the Queen formally reopened the Glasgow Underground, or Subway as it is known.

The Subway originally opened on 14 December 1896, and is the third-oldest underground metro system in the world, after the London Underground and the Budapest M.

As the Queen and Prince Philip approached Buchanan Street station, the news presenter explained:  “The train’s been checked absolutely and it’s been under close security since it arrived here at 8 o’clock this morning and the tunnel’s been searched inch by inch and for the whole journey, the train will be in radio contact with the computer centre at Govan.”

The royal party were given an extremely warm welcome as crowds of cheery Glaswegians lined Argyle Street to catch a glimpse of the Queen.

HRH, dressed in an elegant beige coat and matching hat, waved fondly at the waiting public, who braved freezing temperatures for the special day.

Princess Elizabeth became Queen on February 6 1952, after her father, George VI, died unexpectedly in his sleep while his daughter was on tour in Kenya.

Throughout 2012, there will be numerous celebrations in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The focus of the celebrations will centre around the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend, on June 2-5.

Members of the Royal Family will visit Scotland from July 2 to 6, to tie in with Holyrood Week.


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