SPRING Gully resident Geraldine Mitchell has been a royalist all her life.
The former publicity officer for the Vote No Republic campaign and founding member of Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy has a vast collection of items devoted to the royal family.
The Queen is her favourite royal, and Mrs Mitchell remembers fondly when the Queen came in 1954.
“It was the year I met my husband,” she said.
“I was in Adelaide.
“It was lovely; there were crowds of course.
“I was waiting at the main intersection when she drove to Government House.
"I remember she had this lovely emerald green hat.
“She is a gorgeous person. I have grown up in her era.”
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See Wednesday’s Bendigo Advertiser for more memories.