Queen Mum learns how ‘other half’ lived

During a visit to Grangemouth the Queen Mother was taken to see a typical refinery worker's home

During a visit to Grangemouth the Queen Mother was taken to see a typical refinery worker's home

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The mystery over the Queen Mother’s visit to Grangemouth has been solved.

Isabel Carlyle called The Falkirk Herald after seeing a picture printed alongside an appeal for more information on why she was visiting a residential home in Queen Street.

Mrs Carlyle said: “I was about 17 in 1958 when this picture was taken and I remember it well.

“The Queen Mum was in Grangemouth to see the refinery and during the visit she was taken to the Davidsons’ house to see a typical worker’s home.

“I suppose it was to see how the commoners live!”

Mrs Carlyle lived across from Mr and Mrs Davidson and their daughter Ina but lived around the corner by the time of the visit. She remembers there was great excitement over the impending visit from Royalty and that the Davidsons were thrilled to welcome such a distinguished guest.

“Mr Davidson worked in the refinery and when he was told the Queen Mum was coming to his house they were very proud.

“I imagine Mrs Davidson spent hours cleaning to make sure her home was fit for such a visitor!

“I was 17 when she visited so a bit old to be out with a bunch of flowers but I certainly remember the occasion,

“It was a huge even in Grangemouth at the time and I remember reading all about in the next edition of The Falkirk Herald.”

If you have memories of the visit, e-mail editorial@falkirkherald.co.uk