As residents across Ealing join in with others around the UK to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II who passed away yesterday (8 September 2022), many still remember the time when The Queen came to Ealing Broadway shopping centre in 1985.
People came far and wide on 7 March 1985 to get a glimpse of The Queen when she gave the Royal opening of what was the Ealing Broadway Centre which featured at the time Bentalls department store and Safeway supermarket.
Stella, who was 10-years-old told EALING.NEWS: “It was an amazing day. My parents and even my grandmother were there on the day The Queen came. We waited about two hours but we got to see her. It was a real honour to be there on the day.”
Frank, who is now in his 70s told EALING.NEWS: “It was a wonderful to see The Queen. We knew she was coming so I took the day off work to be there with my my wife and son. So much happiness and smiles.”
Andrew Rollings, centre director at Ealing Broadway, told EALING.NEWS: “We at Ealing Broadway send our condolences and deep sympathy to the Royal Family following the announcement of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We take this time to reflect on her remarkable reign, deep sense of duty and the unique contribution she has made to the UK and around the world.”
Mr Rollings added: “On March 7th 1985, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opened Ealing Broadway and greeted crowds of well-wishers with a warm smile and kind words. During her visit, she unveiled a statue named Small Workhorse by Judith Bluck, which remains at the centre and is a symbol of London’s growth. We feel immensely proud that this memory with her is part of our history. We will always remember her visit to Ealing and her dedication to communities like ours across the nation.”
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