Invitation issued to Mr G Scholes to attend an evening State Reception for HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at the Exhibition Buildings on Monday 8 March 1954.

Princess Elizabeth was en route to Australia in 1952 when she heard news that her father, King George VI, had died. Her trip was curtailed, but when she made it to Australia two years later she was now Queen Elizabeth II; this marked her visit as being particularly significant for it was the first by a reigning British monarch. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's tour of Australia included all major cities and a number of regional towns. The tour commenced in Sydney on 3 February, and finished in Perth on 1 April 1954. The royal couple were in Victoria from 24 February to 9 March.

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Large cardboard invitation printed on one side in blue ink. Text is surrounded by native floral garland and the crest of the State Government.

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