Looking Back: Royal visit in 1976

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Fife’s Royal day in 1976 was seen as a bit of an anti-climax.

The Queen was unable to visit, with it being suspected she’d caught the flu.

Her last-minute withdrawl meant it was left to the Duke of Edinburgh to spend six hours touring the county.

While the thousands of Fifers who turned out to welcome the royals were disappointed by the Queen’s absence, the presence of Prince Philip helped make up for it.

The Duke of Edinburgh started his brief visit in Inverkeithing and Lochgelly, before making a trip to Kirkcaldy’s War Memorial Gardens.

That was followed by a stop off at the Museum and Art galleries, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Fife, Lord Kilmany.