IT was disappointing but understandable given recent events that Her Majesty the Queen cancelled her usual gun salutes for her 94th birthday last Tuesday.

But it's lovely to bring you these images, courtesy of Weymouth Museum, from 1949 when the then Princess Elizabeth by then married to Prince Philip visited Weymouth.

The Princess was on her way to the Channel Islands.

If you look closely you can also see Prince Philip but he is somewhat obscured by the Queen.

Here she is meeting the town clerk, Percy Smallman and the Mayor (Alderman A P Burt). Percy Smallman was town clerk from 1926 to 1956 and in 1930 had read the official welcome to her father when he was the Duke of York.

The Mayor, Alderman Burt (Great Uncle Percy) was secretary of the Weymouth and District Co-operative Society and was responsible for the development of the bakery, dairy, fish shops and branches in Dorchester and Bridport.