Happy Birthday Ma’am

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On March 16th 1973 Her Majesty the Queen opened the new London Bridge just round the corner from Guy’s Hospital where I was working at the time. With my new Pentax Spotmatic at the ready off I went and was able to capture some memorable moments from the day.

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The negatives have been protected in their plastic sleeves over all these years and today seemed the perfect time to revisit them. They’ve stood the test of time pretty well.

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I even discovered online today a British Movietone newsreel of the day, which is wonderful archive worth taking a look at.

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Happy Birthday Ma’am



  1. How absolutely marvellous. These are stunning. Well done for keeping them. Who’d have thought back then that we’d be celebrating her 90th birthday? Let alone as a monarch?

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  2. Great photos and so well-preserved colour. More recent colour negatives and prints I notice tend to be not so long-lasting. Wonder how our digital shots will fare in 30+ years. I think my “new” second-hand Spotmatic was going strong about that time – replaced it with Nikon NM2 which lasted longer than my eyesight. Des.

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    1. Thanks Des. The negatives look pristine as if I just took the shots last week. Interesting question how our digital images will look in 30 years, as long as they don’t disappear into the ether 🙂


  3. I love the first photo – it is so free of all the other stuff we associate with these sorts of events. I’m so glad the negatives were preserved so well, it’s a great piece of history you’ve managed to capture. I also wrote a happy birthday post on my blog in Contemplation week 8.

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