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Queen Mum in Rhodesia

Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, seen entering the west entrance of the Zimbabwe ruins

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1953 Entering Formal Rhodesia Zimbabwe Elizabeth


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This striking photograph captures a historic moment in the annals of African and British history as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, enters the magnificent west entrance of the Zimbabwe Ruins in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in July 1953. Dressed in a formal 13-piece gown reminiscent of the 1950s elegance, the Queen Mother's regal presence is a stark contrast to the ancient ruins that surround her. The Zimbabwe Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Shona people, who ruled the region from the late 11th to the mid-15th centuries. The visit by the Queen Mother, who was on a tour of Southern Africa at the time, was significant as it marked the first official recognition by the British monarchy of the historical significance of the Zimbabwe Ruins. The Queen Mother's interest in archaeology and history was well-known, and her visit was seen as a symbol of respect and appreciation for the cultural heritage of the people of Rhodesia and the wider African continent. The image of the Queen Mother entering the west entrance of the Zimbabwe Ruins is a powerful reminder of the intersection of history, culture, and politics in the mid-20th century. It is a poignant reminder of the complex and often fraught relationship between Britain and its African colonies, and the enduring legacy of the past in shaping the present. This photograph is an important historical document, and a testament to the enduring allure of the past and the power of symbolism in shaping our understanding of history.

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