ON November 10, 1952 the Queen paid the first of her many visits to High Wycombe.

This was to go to the stamp factory of Harrison and Sons in Hughenden Avenue to view the stamps which were being produced to commemorate her coronation in June 1953.

Under the heading of “Four Miles of Cheers” the Bucks Free Press reported “Driving through flag-decked streets, lined by enthusiastic townspeople and schoolchildren, the Queen visited the printing works …… where in the course of an hour’s tour of the factory she saw machines producing two designs of a new issue of postage stamps bearing her image”.

Top: Some of the crowd waiting to see the Queen

Middle left: The Queen views work on the artwork of an enlarged master stamp

Middle right: The Queen walks through the works

Bottom left: Crystal Harrison presents a bouquet to the Queen on arrival at the factory

Bottom right: The Queen and the Postmaster General begin the tour