2006 Royal Visits to Australia

In 2006 Australia Post issued a Prestige Booklet to commemorate visits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Usually visits have been short and for specific purposes. The first visit was in 1954 and included a tour to the Sydney Cricket Ground.

In 1970 the Queen visited as part of the Bicentennial Celebrations. In Round 1 of the VFL, Richmond and Fitzroy played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, 5 April 1970, the first ever VFL match played on a Sunday. Before the start of the third quarter, the players lined up in front of the Members’ Stand and were introduced to The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and Princess Anne, who then watched the last half of the match. Fitzroy won by 20 points.

In 1977 the Queen visited the MCG for the Centenary of Test Cricket. Australia won the match against England by 45 runs, the same margin as in 1877.