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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]­bopho­

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