On February 25, 1963, there was a buzz of excitement in the air, as hospital staff eagerly anticipated a very special occasion – the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, who were there to officially open The Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville.
The royal couple were taken on a guided tour of the hospital, where they engaged with staff and patients, whilst admiring the new state of the art facilities. The Queen delivered a rousing rooftop speech calling the RCH “a monument to Victoria’s humanity and public spirit”, thus officially opening the new hospital.
Today, the RCH Archives and Collections team are excited to launch a very special online exhibition called ‘Open and Closed: A Royal Opening, 1963,’ which captures the momentous occasion in a series of exclusive photos and videos. Explore the royal visit, alongside other exhibitions in this series, here: https://t.ly/4Vv7