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Queen Elizabeth meets cast members

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Photographs : Photo 1957: Queen's visit, meets actor Eileen Skaife

Item type: Photographs
Archive reference: YMP/A/3/3/2
Date/year: 1949 and 1957
Description: In 1957 the Queen came to the Festival but the weather prevented a performance of the Mystery Plays.  This picture in black and white shows Queen Elizabeth II meeting Eileen Skaife backstage that night.  Eileen Skaife played 'woman by the fire' according to the programme.
Below is a picture from the 1951 scrapbook of Eileen Skaife. The press re-printed a 1949 photograph of a royal visit of the then Princess Elizabeth.
1949 cutting


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