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Interactive map shows The Queen on hundreds of visits to heritage sites

Over the course of more than 70 years on the throne, Her Majesty the Queen has been a beacon of stability and has set an example of how to go about Royal duties with stoicism and integrity. 

Her role as first a princess and then the United Kingdom’s monarch has seen her visit thousands of historic sites across England, from churches and cathedrals to ships and lighthouses. 

Now, a new interactive map launched today to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee allows Britons to see some of Her Majesty’s visits to heritage sites near them, both before she succeeded her father King George VI as monarch and during her reign.  

Starting with her trip to her mother’s family home – St Paul’s Walden Bury – when she was aged just six in 1932, Historic England’s tool shows Her Majesty visiting 220 designated heritage sites across England.

The map’s earliest visit after Her Majesty became Queen in 1952 is a trip to Maiden Castle in Dorset, whilst the most recent – in 2019 – is a tour of the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton, Somerset. 

One stunning image shows the Queen peering through a telescope during a visit to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich in 1960. 

Another shows her attending a service at Eastbourne’s St Mary’s Church with her parents and sister Princess Margaret when she was aged 10. 

A third shows Her Majesty enjoying a train ride in Sunderland during the second leg of her Golden Jubilee tour in 2002. 

Historic England have built the ‘story map’ both to teach school children about the Queen’s role as monarch and to highlight the heritage sites on their doorstep. 

Viewers can find their areas on the map, which splits into regions, and then see the relevant images of Her Majesty.

A new interactive map launched today allows Britons to see some of Her Majesty’s visits to heritage sites near them, both before she succeeded her father King George VI as monarch and during her reign. Above: The Queen looking through a telescope during a visit to the Royal Observatory at Greenwich in 1960

Starting with her trip to her mother's family home - St Paul's Walden Bury - when she was aged just six in 1932, Historic England's tool shows Her Majesty visiting 220 sites across England

Starting with her trip to her mother’s family home – St Paul’s Walden Bury – when she was aged just six in 1932, Historic England’s tool shows Her Majesty visiting 220 sites across England 

The map's earliest visit after Her Majesty became Queen in 1952 was a trip to Maiden Castle in Dorset. After the death of her father in February 1952, Her Majesty became the Queen of the United Kingdom aged 25. She visited Maiden Castle in July that year. The fort is at least 500 years old and has been the subject of many archaeological excavations in the 19th and 20th centuries. Above: The Queen during her visit to Maiden Castle

The map’s earliest visit after Her Majesty became Queen in 1952 was a trip to Maiden Castle in Dorset. After the death of her father in February 1952, Her Majesty became the Queen of the United Kingdom aged 25. She visited Maiden Castle in July that year. The fort is at least 500 years old and has been the subject of many archaeological excavations in the 19th and 20th centuries. Above: The Queen during her visit to Maiden Castle

The most recent visit on the map - in 2019 - was a tour of the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton, Somerset. Above: The Queen is seen during the tour of the gallery

The most recent visit on the map – in 2019 – was a tour of the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton, Somerset. Above: The Queen is seen during the tour of the gallery

The map (pictured) features a total of 220 places visited by the Queen both before and during her 70 years on the throne

The map (pictured) features a total of 220 places visited by the Queen both before and during her 70 years on the throne

Historic England’s new map has been produced as part of the body’s Heritage Schools programme, which is funded by the Department for Education. 

The earliest photograph on the map shows the then Princess Elizabeth with her sister Margaret playing in the sandpit at St Paul’s Walden Bury, which was the home of their grandparents Claude Bowes-Lyon, the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and Cecilia Cave. 

St Paul’s Walden Bury was where the Queen Mother grew up. Built in 1730, the estate stayed with the Bowes-Lyon family during the 19th and 20th centuries. 

The second oldest photograph on the map shows the Queen walking hand in hand with her parents, who were then the Duke and Duchess of York, as they visited the historic St Mary’s Church in Eastbourne in 1936. 

The church dates back to the 12th century and features in the Domesday Book. The royal visit took place two months after the death of King George V, who had visited St Mary’s on holiday while in Eastbourne in 1935. 

Another photo from the Queen’s childhood shows her on the historic Sandringham estate, which has been a royal residence since the mid-19th century. 

The image, taken when the then Princess Elizabeth was a teenager, shows her cycling with her father as her mother sat in a horse-drawn cart nearby.  

Another image shows her attending a service at Eastbourne's St Mary's Church with her parents and sister Princess Margaret when she was aged 10. The church dates back to the 12th century and features in the Domesday Book

Another image shows her attending a service at Eastbourne’s St Mary’s Church with her parents and sister Princess Margaret when she was aged 10. The church dates back to the 12th century and features in the Domesday Book

Another photo from the Queen's childhood shows her on the historic Sandringham estate, which has been a royal residence since the mid-19th century. The image, taken when the then Princess Elizabeth was a teenager, shows her cycling with her father as her mother sat in a horse-drawn cart nearby

Another photo from the Queen’s childhood shows her on the historic Sandringham estate, which has been a royal residence since the mid-19th century. The image, taken when the then Princess Elizabeth was a teenager, shows her cycling with her father as her mother sat in a horse-drawn cart nearby

The Queen is seen visiting the children's ward at the  then new Leighton Hospital in Crew on May 4, 1972. The image features on Historic England's list

The Queen is seen visiting the children’s ward at the  then new Leighton Hospital in Crew on May 4, 1972. The image features on Historic England’s list

The Queen is seen above after arriving at Heathrow Airport in 1981, shortly before she boarded a plane to fly to Balmoral for her annual holiday. In the foreground, an aide can be seen holding two of her corgis. The first version of Heathrow - a small airfield - opened in 1929

The Queen is seen above after arriving at Heathrow Airport in 1981, shortly before she boarded a plane to fly to Balmoral for her annual holiday. In the foreground, an aide can be seen holding two of her corgis. The first version of Heathrow – a small airfield – opened in 1929

The Queen is seen pausing to look at a dress made from 100 per cent synthetic fibre during a visit to Imperial Chemical Industries' works at Wilton, near Middlesbrough in 1956

The Queen is seen pausing to look at a dress made from 100 per cent synthetic fibre during a visit to Imperial Chemical Industries’ works at Wilton, near Middlesbrough in 1956

The Queen is seen with Prince Philip during a visit to the Humber Bridge in 1981. When it opened that same year, the bridge was the longest of its type in the world

The Queen is seen with Prince Philip during a visit to the Humber Bridge in 1981. When it opened that same year, the bridge was the longest of its type in the world

The Queen is seen with her husband Prince Philip visiting the Silverwood Colliery in Rotherham in July 1975. The colliery had opened in 1904 and closed in 1994

The Queen is seen with her husband Prince Philip visiting the Silverwood Colliery in Rotherham in July 1975. The colliery had opened in 1904 and closed in 1994

After the death of her father in February 1952, Her Majesty became the Queen of the United Kingdom aged 25. 

She visited Maiden Castle in July that year. The fort is at least 500 years old and has been the subject of many archaeological excavations in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

It also featured in the novels of Thomas Hardy and the 1967 film Far from the Madding Crowd. 

In 1960, the Queen visited the restored Flamsteed House, which is the oldest part of the restored old Royal Observatory at Greenwich. 

A Latin inscription at the site states it was founded by Charles II in 1676. 

More recent images show the Queen during visits later in her reign. 

The Queen is seen shortly after inspecting a pottery display at the Dudson centre, Stoke on Trent, in October 1999

The Queen is seen shortly after inspecting a pottery display at the Dudson centre, Stoke on Trent, in October 1999

More recent images show the Queen during visits later in her reign. In one, she is seen visiting the RNLI's lifeboat station at St Ives in Cornwall in 2013. The historic station was built in 1861

More recent images show the Queen during visits later in her reign. In one, she is seen visiting the RNLI’s lifeboat station at St Ives in Cornwall in 2013. The historic station was built in 1861

The Queen is seen during a visit to Lake Windermere in 2013. Historic England's chief executive Duncan Wilson said: 'This interactive map shows the incredible variety of sites the Queen has visited in the past 70 years.'

The Queen is seen during a visit to Lake Windermere in 2013. Historic England’s chief executive Duncan Wilson said: ‘This interactive map shows the incredible variety of sites the Queen has visited in the past 70 years.’ 

In one, she is seen visiting the RNLI’s lifeboat station at St Ives in Cornwall in 2013. The historic station was built in 1861. 

Historic England’s chief executive Duncan Wilson said: ‘This interactive map shows the incredible variety of sites the Queen has visited in the past 70 years. 

‘We hope schools, teachers, parents and the wider public will explore the map, discover more about their local historic sites and follow in the Queen’s footsteps by supporting their local heritage.’

Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi said: ‘Queen Elizabeth II is the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee and Her Majesty’s dignity, commitment and grace continues to inspire people all over the world.

‘It’s so important that children have the opportunity to learn about the Queen’s life, and millions will soon have access to a number of educational resources including the brilliant interactive story map announced today, and the Department for Education’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration book, which will begin to arrive in schools this month.’

Historic England’s new map can be found by clicking here. 

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