To commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee we have selected photographs of royal visits and celebrations over the past seventy years. At the hospital, every patient meal tray going out over the Jubilee bank holiday and following weekend will have a tray cover decorated with images from the historic archives. Here are the highlights:
1942: It was recorded in the Chief Nurse’s diary that Princess Elizabeth (know as Elizabeth Windsor) drove ambulances to the US field Hospital, now Salisbury District Hospital. (Photo coming soon)
1952: Salisbury General Infirmary decorated the exterior front of the hospital to welcome in the new queen.
1952: The decorations on the front of Salisbury General Infirmary, to welcome the new queen, lit up at night.
1952: Royal visit to Salisbury passing crowds waving flags, lining the pavements of Fisherton Street outside the Salisbury General Infirmary to the right.
1984: HRH Prince Charles is greeted by crowds of staff and visitors to the opening of the new Duke of Cornwall Spinal Unit.
1984: HRH Princess Diana during the visit to the opening of the new Duke of Cornwall Spinal Unit. She was pregnant with Harry Duke of Sussex at the time.
2006: HRH Princess Anne opening the new buildings at Salisbury District Hospital.
2011: HRH Countess of Wessex formally opened the new Sarum Ward Children’s Unit at Salisbury District Hospital.