As the nation celebrates The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this weekend, we look back through the Trafalgar Entertainment archives to our very own encounters with Her Majesty The Queen.

The Queen and Prince Phillip visited Swindon and officially opened The Wyvern Theatre on 5 November 1971. In her speech, The Queen said she was delighted to open the new Civic Centre. “Considerable imagination has been shown in the design of this project and Swindon can rightly be proud of it,” she said.

The Queen opens The Wyvern Theatre - Photo: Swindon Advertiser

During the Noughties, our very own Joint CEOs, Sir Howard Panter and Dame Rosemary Squire, were honoured to be recognised by Her Majesty The Queen.

In June 2013, Howard was knighted for Services to Theatre in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list and in December 2017, Rosemary was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in The Queen’s New Year Honours list for Services to Theatre and Philanthropy.

Sir Howard Panter - Photo: Paul ClappDame Rosemary Squire - Photo: Press Association

Howard and Rosemary also met The Queen on several official visits to theatres that the couple were involved with including Theatre Royal Brighton, The Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, and The Rambert, South Bank.

The Queen visits Theatre Royal Brighton - Photo: Theatre Royal Brighton

Speaking ahead of the Platinum Jubilee this weekend, Howard and Rosemary, said: “At this historic moment in time, we’d like to send our congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen for her remarkable 70-year reign. An inspiration for generations of families in the UK and around the world and one of the greatest icons of modern times.”


The Queen opens Rambert's South Bank home - Photo: Benedict Johnson