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SHE was the Queen Consort, supporting her husband, King George V, through the First World War and its aftermath, and his ill health.

It is 67 years this month since Queen Mary died, and some Glasgow Times readers may remember her visits to Glasgow, of which there were many.

In July 1914 the Royal couple opened a new, purpose-built children’s hospital on the site previously occupied by Yorkhill House – the famous ‘Yorkhill Sick Kids’ hospital which became such a much-loved part of the city until its move to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital site in Govan.

King George and Queen Mary spent five hours in Glasgow on July 12, 1927, to open the new Kelvin Hall of Industries and inaugurating what had until then been referred to as the Oswald Street bridge.

Huge crowds on both sides of the river watched the King laid the foundation stone of the King George V Bridge.

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The stone laid, their royals crossed to the other side of the bridge and “looked out on the vista of the Clyde, with its lines of shipping stretching away into the distance and its rows of cheering citizens lining the banks.”

The Herald reported at the time: “Over and over again the King raised his hat in acknowledgement of the warm salutations which greeted their Majesties’ appearance at the far parapet. The thick haze obscured everything but a view of the near distance, but their Majesties remained for several moments in contemplation of what could be seen of one of the Empire’s greatest waterways.”

King George and Queen Mary had previously visited in 1917, on a morale-boosting three-day mission to visit the shipyards and industrial heart of the city.

The King took part in an open air Investiture Ceremony at Ibrox, where he conferred knighthoods on local dignitaries and awarded war medals to soldiers and their families (the first time such a feat had happened in Scotland since 1603).

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The King and Queen toured the city in a limousine and spent the night on the Royal Train, which was shunted into the now defunct railway tunnels under the Botanic Gardens.

Rumour has it that the train was closely guarded at both ends by soldiers from the Glasgow Highlanders (9th Highland Light Infantry) who had their HQ next to Glasgow Green.

The royal couple would return to Glasgow in 1933, again on the royal train, to open the King George V Graving Dock, which was built to allow larger vessels travel up the Clyde.

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They would be back again for the Empire Exhibition in 1938, when crowds lined the city streets to catch a glimpse of them.

Anne Smith recalls the Empire Exhibition in all its glory.

“It was fantastic,” she says. “I remember the king and queen – George VI and Queen Mary, that would have been - passing the end of our street in the procession, and all the crowds that had come out to watch.

“It was quite a day.”

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Anne, now 90, is a former pupil of Hills Trust School and she was aged five in 1933 when pupils and staff celebrated the King and Queen’s jubilee.

At a recent Thanks for the Memories event in Cardonald, she recalled: “I first learned to print with chalk and slate then we moved on to a HB pencil.

“I remember we had a party for King George V and Queen Mary’s jubilee celebration - the school was decorated with red, white and blue flags and streamers.”

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Mary supported her second son, George VI, until his death in 1952. She died the following year, 67 years ago this month, during the reign of her granddaughter Elizabeth II who had not yet been crowned.

*Do you recall any Royal visits to Glasgow over the decades? Send your memories to Ann Fotheringham, Glasgow Times, 200 Renfield Street, Glasgow G2 3QB or email