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Do you remember The Queen’s visit to Bury St Edmunds in 2002?

PUBLISHED: 19:23 26 June 2020 | UPDATED: 19:31 26 June 2020

The Queen meeting the crowds on Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds on June 17, 2002. Were you there? Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

The Queen meeting the crowds on Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds on June 17, 2002. Were you there? Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

There were celebrations across the country that year, as Her Majesty marked 50 years on the throne.

The Queen leaving the Angel Hill and entering the Abbey Gardens in 2002. Were you in the crowds? Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARYThe Queen leaving the Angel Hill and entering the Abbey Gardens in 2002. Were you in the crowds? Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

There was an outpouring of civic and national pride as the monarch toured the country - and, as these pictures shows, Bury St Edmunds certainly gave her a royal welcome.

Pictures from our archives show hundreds of children excitedly waving Union Jack flags as the Queen walked by.

A smiling Queen during her Golden Jubilee visit to Bury St Edmunds

. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARYA smiling Queen during her Golden Jubilee visit to Bury St Edmunds . Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

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She was clearly pleased to be in the Suffolk town, if her beaming smile was anything to go by as she left Angel Hill to go to Abbey Gardens.

Most people did not have mobile phones which could take pictures in those days - the first cellphones with cameras were only invented in 2002 - so crowds can be seen with digital cameras trying to get a memento of her visit.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 2002, watching the proms concert in the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARYThe Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 2002, watching the proms concert in the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied her to Bury St Edmunds, with the pair watching a proms concert together in Abbey Gardens.

What do you remember of the Queen’s 2002 visit? Send your memories, along with your full details, by email.

The Queen waves to schoolchildren on her visit to Bury St Edmunds in 2002. Picture: PAThe Queen waves to schoolchildren on her visit to Bury St Edmunds in 2002. Picture: PA

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Lots of children eagerly waited to say hello to The Queen - were you one of them? Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARYLots of children eagerly waited to say hello to The Queen - were you one of them? Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

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