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As a 13-year-old at Brighton High I was thrilled to be part of the cel­e­bra­tions when the Queen came in 1954. I was in a dance in­volv­ing hun­dreds of sec­ondary school girls where we wore Gre­cian-style tu­nics in pink and blue and per­formed what I be­lieve was called Mod­ern Rhyth­mics. We wore sand­shoes taste­fully dyed to match our tu­nics and plaited plas­tic head­bands. My brother joined ju­nior pri­mary stu­dents in wav­ing flags at the en­trance to Wayville show­grounds. The high­light for us was when the Duke of Ed­in­burgh de­clared the next day to be a school hol­i­day. For us the royal cou­ple were as ex­cit­ing as pop stars are to today’s teenagers. Car­lien Miller Ade­laide

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