The Duke of York visits Sydney Cricket Ground

September 27, 2017

HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, attended the Sydney Cricket Ground tonight for the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation Annual Spring reception.  

It was only the second visit to the Sydney Cricket Ground by a Duke of York.  

The Duke was delighted to visit the hallowed ground.  

“Lovely to join you in one of the most holy places in Australia,” said The Duke.  

“We’ll see just how holy in January,” he added, referring to the highly anticipated Ashes Test between Australia and England at the SCG in early 2018.  

The Duke of York enjoyed the surrounds of the historic Members Pavilion before inspecting images of previous royal visits from the SCG Museum collection.  

The Duke then made his way to the rear of the Ladies Pavilion to view the foundation stone which was laid by Viscountess Hampden, the then NSW Governor’s wife, in 1896. The Viscountess is the great great great grandmother of The Duke’s daughters – Their Royal Highnesses, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.  

By visiting the SCG, The Duke joined a strong list of British royalty to visit Sydney’s Home of Sport.  

The Queen’s parents, the then Duke and Duchess of York attended the SCG in 1927. Her Majesty, The Queen was just 12 months old at the time. Her parents went on to become King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. 

Her Majesty, The Queen and HRH Prince Philip viewed a children’s demonstration at the Sydney Cricket Ground during their tour of Australia in 1954. HRH Prince Philip also watched John Landy’s attempt to break the four-minute mile at the SCG during that tour.  

They returned to the SCG in 1970, and together with HRH Princess Anne, watched a game of rugby league between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Balmain Tigers from the Ladies Pavilion.  

Their Royal Highnesses, Prince William and Princess Catherine carried on the tradition and took a night off from their busy 2014 Australian tour schedule to enjoy a rugby union game at Allianz Stadium.

And most recently, Sarah The Duchess of York visited the SCG with her sister Jane Ferguson as part of the St Vincent’s function in 2016. Their visit coincided with the 120th anniversary of the Ladies Pavilion, and The Duchess and her sister Jane unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion.

For more information on the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation and to donate please visit https://www.supportstvincents.com.au/

For more information on the British Royal Family and the Duke of York, please visit https://www.royal.uk/

For more information on the SCG Museum, please visit http://www.sydneycricketground.com.au/history/scg-museum/

Photo: HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York meets with SCG Trust Chairman, Mr Anthony Shepherd AO, and SCG Trustee and former Australian cricket captain, Mr Steve Waugh AO in the historic SCG Members Pavilion.
Credit: SCG Trust / Hamilton Lund

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