Yarra Trams Royal tram
On October 26th 2011 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Phillip, visited Melbourne as part of a tour of Australia. Here the crowds await her arrival in Federation Square. Two trams, 221 in fleet livery, await Her Majesty for a short ride to Government House.
There's the Queens' flight, the Royal carriage, the Royal Rolls Royce, the Royal Yacht, the Royal Train and now the Royal Tram. Yarra Trams Z-class car 158 was specially painted and prepared to transport Her Majesty from Federation Square to Government House. The tram is seen here near the Domain where Her Majesty "detrammed" and completed her journey to Government House by Range Rover. The tram's destination reads "Royal Tram" and the route number was set at "ER". Oddly one of the more charismatic W-class trams was not used instead.
A second view of 158, still surrounded by police, long after Her Majesty had departed.
After its special day, 158 re=entered public service. Here it is seen a month later crossing Princes Bridge again and traveling part of its Royal route along St Kilda Road. Someone else is sitting where the Queen once sat!
A few days later and 158 is heading for South Melbourne Beach on route 1, maybe Her Majesty would have preferred a trip to the beach rather than Government House.
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