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HM Queen Elizabeth II at Burns Mausoleum, 1956

Introduction:
Queen Elizabeth made a royal visit to Dumfries on 16th October 1956, three years after her coronation. In this photograph she is laying a wreath on the grave of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, within his mausoleum in St Michael's Churchyard, Dumfries. She is escorted by William Wallace, Provost of the Royal Burgh of Dumfries.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
36
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 150 mm, width: 201 mm
What:
Photograph of Queen Elizabeth visiting Burns Mausoleum, 1956
Subject:
The ceremony of laying of wreaths at the mausoleum was observed throughout the 19th century and formed part of the celebrations of the first and second centenaries of his birth and death. It is still an important element of the rituals of Burns' birthday today and many distinguished visitors to the town place wreaths on his grave as part of the programme of their visit.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his burial place)
King George IV (1762-1830) (subscriber to Mausoleum fund)
John Syme (1755-1831) (set up Mausoleum fund)
William Wallace (Dumfries Provost) (representation)
Queen Elizabeth (representation)
When:
16-Oct-56
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The ceremony of laying of wreaths at the mausoleum was observed throughout the 19th century and formed part of the celebrations of the first and second centenaries of his birth and death. It is still an important element of the rituals of Burns' birthday today and many distinguished visitors to the town place wreaths on his grave as part of the programme of their visit.
Description:
Robert Burns was originally buried in St Michael's Churchyard, Dumfries, in a simple grave, marked only by a plain stone slab. His admirers came to believe that this was an insufficient memorial to the poet. In 1813 his friend, John Syme formed a committee and launched an appeal to build a mausoleum in his memory. One of the subscribers was the Prince Regent, later George IV. The mausoleum was completed in September 1817.