Platinum Jubilee: When the Queen visited Chichester in 1978 in pictures

As we approach the Platinum Jubilee, we take a look back at the Queen’s visits to Chichester, including her appearance in 1978.

By Megan Baker
Wednesday, 25th May 2022, 10:31 am

Thousands of residents waited to greet the Queen on Good Friday in 1978, with some children even slipping through the barriers to give her presents as she arrived at Chichester Station.

This second royal appearance for the city saw her visiting Roussillon Barracks – the home of the Royal Military Police. As Colonel-in-Chief, the Queen was shown the many sides to military police work, including demonstrations of a vehicle check-and-search, a mock arrest, and a simulated murder scene.

She then took lunch in the officers’ mess and was escorted out of the barracks by the Mounted Troop as she left.

Her Majesty later insisted that her car drive slowly through Chichester so she could wave to residents.

The Queen has made two visits to the area since – one on Maundy Thursday in 1986 and another more recently in 2017 – in addition to her prior appearance in 1956.

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