Tomorrow, on Wednesday 23rd April, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will pay a short visit to the suburb of Elizabeth in South Australia.
Although this will be the shortest of the royal couple’s visits during their tour of Australia, Elizabeth, one of the northern suburbs of Adelaide, holds great historical reference to the Royal Family having been named after William’s grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen.
Before the 1950s, the areas that now include the suburb were farming estates. However, on November 16th 1955, the City of Elizabeth was formed. The then Premier of South Australia, Sir Tom Playford, decided to name it Elizabeth after the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the town in February 1963 when the royals were greeted by thousands of people.
There is no doubt that William and Catherine will attract just as large a crowd on their visit tomorrow. However, Elizabeth could not be more different now than it was when The Queen visited. It is currently a part of Adelaide’s urban sprawl, with a shopping centre, large parks, a sophisticated transport system and a number of developed residential areas.
The Duke and Duchess are set to spend only two hours in Elizabeth and will make an effort to connect with the younger people in the town. After arriving at the Edinburgh Air Force base, they will travel to the Northern Sound System, which is a youth development facility which uses music to engage the youth and encourages them to listen to and make their own music. It is here that the royals will take a look at the music studios and watch a performance.
Afterwards, William and Catherine will view a demonstration at a nearby skateboard park and take a walk along Playford Boulevard where they will meet with members of the public. Finally, the royals will attend a reception hosted by the Governor and Premier of South Australia at the Playford Civic Centre. The Duke and Duchess will interact with the guests, who will all be under the age of 30, and will get the chance to take a look at a display on the history of the town.
Once their visit is over, William and Catherine will depart for Canberra.