Nostalgia: When royalty came to the Capital

Standing to attention to meet the Queen in Livingston in 1978; below, the Duke of Edinburgh enjoys the penguin parade at the zoo in 1988

Standing to attention to meet the Queen in Livingston in 1978; below, the Duke of Edinburgh enjoys the penguin parade at the zoo in 1988

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THEY had clearly been told to be on their best behaviour – to stand up straight, smile and speak only if spoken to.

And for the adults standing behind this line of well-behaved youngsters, above, a visit from the Queen to Livingston in July 1978 obviously met with great approval, their beaming grins say it all.

For many, a brush with royalty is a moment to be treasured; a chance to speak with the likes of Her Majesty is something few can only dream of.

This week those dreams will have come true for many devoted royal followers as the Queen hosted her annual garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

An estimated 8000 people attended the event, tucking into the famed sandwiches and cakes as they cast their eye across the sprawling lawns for a glimpse of some well-known public faces, dressed in their best formal outfits for maximum impact.

Back in July 1979, new mum Judith Andrews played host to the Queen in a simple nightie from her bed at Simpson’s as Her Majesty toured the hospital, smiling fondly at the new arrivals sleeping peacefully in their cots.

Things were a little more noisy back in June 1988, when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were taken on a tour of Edinburgh Zoo, watching intently as the world-famous penguin parade made its way past.

In October 1962, the Queen herself as the star of a parade heading down the High Street as she and King Olav of Norway – during his state visit to Scotland – made their way to the palace with thousands of onlookers lining the street.