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Hamilton, Victoria's premier wool-growing centre, turned on a warm-hearted country welcome for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to-day.
It was the Royal couple's first visit to .the Victorian countryside, and the 50,000 wildly cheering crowds in Hamilton's gay streets made sure they would never for- get it.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were met at the air field by the Deputy Premier, Mr,
A crowd of several thousand around the airfield began the spontaneous and loyal welcome which echoed throughout the Royal Progress and only ended when the Royal plane left the airfield nearly two hours later.
- There was a ripple of .excite- ment among 13,400 school chil- dren on the oval as Jennifer Biggs, an eight-year-old Hamil- ton Legacy ward, presented o posy to the Queen.
The Queen and the Duke drove through the lines of cheering
HUGE CROWD SAYS
Another huge crowd cheered the Queen throughout her drivp from Government House to Es- sendon aerodrome this morm'.i3 on 'the first stage of her journey to Mount Gambier and Hamilton.
Several estimates placed the crowd at a greater total than one which welcomed the Royal Couple on Wednesday.
Cloud and light drizzling rain dulled Melbourne after two days
AT i MT. GAMBIER
On arrival at the Mount Gam- bier aerodrome after the flight from Melbourne, the Queen was greeted bv the Governor of South Australia, Sir Robert George, the Premier, Mr. T. Playford, and the S.A. Royal Tour director, Mr. M. A. F.
The Queen was presented with a posy by Margaret Mary Moles, and a book by Lynette Hannford. The book, bound in embossed calf-skin, gave details of all schools in the South-East of South Australia, contributed to by teachers and scholars, and presented at Vansittart Park, where 6500 scholars from 70 schools had assembled.
After introduction of Council- lors and their wives, and district leaders, the Queen and the Duke drove through the grounds of the hospital.
The drive continued to the Mu Gambier lakes, and the Queen and the Duke took keen interest in the famous Blue Lake.
At the lakes, Her Majesty planted a tree. ,