Queen Elizabeth II
It is with great sadness that National Museums Liverpool joins the nation in mourning the death of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II. As the longest reigning British monarch, her death marks the end of an era in British history.
From her first Royal visit to inspect the King’s Liverpool Regiment in 1954, Her Royal Highness always maintained a strong connection with Liverpool. Queen Elizabeth II opened important sites including; Langton Dock in 1962, the Kingsway Mersey Tunnel and St Johns Shopping Centre in 1971, Anglican Cathedral in 1978, the International Garden Festival in 1984 and the redevelopment of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in 2016.
During her reign as British Monarch, she attended the completion of the Merseyside Maritime Museum in 1993, attended Sir Paul McCartney’s exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in 2002, opened the Museum of Liverpool in 2011 and returned to the Merseyside Maritime Museum during her Golden Jubilee Tour in 2012.
These online collections reflect the relationship that Queen Elizabeth II had with the city. A diverse group of objects such as herbarium specimens, commemorative mugs, medals, cutlery and clothing represent both the Queen and her long and successful reign.