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Looking back at Queen Elizabeth's 1965 visit when the hovercraft broke down

The Queen's first official visit to the Isle of Wight in 1965. Photos: IWCP Archive.
The Queen's first official visit to the Isle of Wight in 1965. Photos: IWCP Archive.

The Queen's first official visit to the Isle of Wight was on July 26, 1965, when the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh spent two days travelling around the Island and performing the installation of Earl Mountbatten as governor of the Isle of Wight.

They moored off Cowes in the Royal Yacht Britannia and took a boat to Newport Quay, where they met Lord Ashburton, the Lord Lieutenant, and were greeted by thousands of Islanders.

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They went to the Guildhall for a civic reception, then visited St Thomas's Church and Carisbrooke Castle, where Earl Mountbatten's installation took place.

From there, the royal party went to Osborne House, then on to Westlands, where they saw the first hovercraft, SRN1, plus the Black Knight research rocket.

Isle of Wight County Press: The Queen and Mayor Alderman Alan Drudge, 1965.
Isle of Wight County Press: The Queen and Mayor Alderman Alan Drudge, 1965.

The Queen and Mayor Alderman Alan Drudge, 1965.

They went on to Ryde for another jubilant welcome and meeting of dignitaries, plus a whirlwind visit to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club at Fishbourne.

The Queen and Prince Philip split up and the Queen's party left for Ventnor, with crowds lining the roads all the way through Brading, Newchurch and Whiteley Bank.

The Queen walked through Ventnor Park and planted a fir tree at the eastern end, before being entertained by schoolchildren performing country dances.

She also visited Ventnor Winter Gardens and was presented with Ventnor Pottery mugs and bowls.

Next, she went to Shanklin to see the cliff lift and learn more about the Pipeline Under The Ocean (PLUTO) at Shanklin Chine.

Sandown was the final destination for the Queen on the first day of the visit.

Meanwhile, the Duke had been to inspect the new Islander aircraft at Britten-Norman, Bembridge.

The couple were reunited and driven back to Cowes, where they visited the Royal Yacht Squadron, before returning to Britannia for the night.

Britannia was given a 21-gun salute as she left Cowes for Yarmouth the following morning.

Here, the Queen went walkabout and met the Yarmouth Lifeboat crew and visited Yarmouth Castle, the George Hotel and the town hall.

Her departure from Yarmouth was marked with a contemporary touch — she took a trip on a hovercraft but it broke down with an oil leak and she was taken back to Britannia on a naval launch.

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