THEY’RE coming! October 17 is just around the corner and the buzz around Prince Harry and Meghan’s visit to Dubbo continues to grow.
We’re hearing stories from residents who’ve had royal encounters in the past, including Fred Bell who worked on the railways in Sydney in 1954 and played his part in the success of Queen Elizabeth II’S train journey between Bathurst and Central Station at that time. You can read about it in this edition. Reports say 50,000 people flocked to Bathurst to see the then 25-year-old Queen, at a time when Bathurst’s population was only around 16,000.
How to mobilise that many people in a rural town Down Under without Facebook and the Internet? Elizabeth had only been Queen for two years when she visited Australia, but she’d guaranteed herself star status when she made history the year before, on June 2, 1953. Hers was the first coronation to be televised in the 900 years of coronations at Westminster Abbey. Millions around the world were able to watch the coronation and cemented her celebrity status.
Harry and Meghan’s wedding drew a bit of a TV audience too. That estimated figure is 2 billion viewers.
No need for alarm, but if Dubbo experiences a 212 per cent increase in population to see a young royal, as Bathurst did in 1954, yeah, we might have 106,250 people coming to town.
It’s going to be quite a day, Dubbo. feed[email protected]bophotonews.com.au