Spectrum 631. The royal radio roadshow
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On December 23, 1953 the first reigning monarch to set foot on New Zealand soil came ashore at Auckland. Queen Elizabeth II, crowned only months earlier, and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh began a five week tour of the country which created unprecedented demonstrations of patriotism.
Never before or since has an extended celebration so engulfed the country, marred only by the tragedy of the Tangiwai rail disaster on Christmas Eve.
Drawing on RNZ Sound Archives and the recollections of broadcasters and others involved, Spectrum looks back to the Royal Roadshow of more than thirty years ago.