Since 1868, there have been around 40 royal visits to Queensland by the British royal family, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II the only reigning monarch to have come to Queensland. Her first official trip to Australia took place in 1954, the year following her 1953 coronation.
HM Queen Mother and Premier Nicklin at the state reception for the Royal visit, February 1958
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City, c 1982
HRH Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Royal visit to Queensland, 1983
The reasons behind the official tours are numerous, including as a thank you to Australians for their participation in the First World War and such noteworthy events as the opening and closing of the 1982 Commonwealth Games and World Expo '88.
In March 2011 His Royal Highness Prince William visited Queensland to tour places damaged by floods and Cyclone Yasi.
During an official visit to Australia in October 2011 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited Brisbane to attend a Queensland Government Reception for those affected by the natural disasters during the summer of 2010/11.
Queensland State Archives engaged an external researcher to explore its collection and to write an historical essay on the British royal family's visits to Queensland. You can read more about the history and see photos of the royal tours below: