Calling for royal memories!

Friday 24th June 1994 will always be a special day in DZC’s 85-year history, as it was the day when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited to open the new Dudley Castle Interpretation Centre.

In this milestone zoo year, as we get ready to help celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, we’re hoping to put together an exhibition of the day she visited with memories and photos of the day.

DZC Media and Communications Officer, Rachel Hickman, remembers it well. She was just nine when The Queen visited and was lucky enough to be among the crowds in the courtyard.

Rachel said: “We managed to be on the front row and had a fantastic vantage point of her visit.

“It was a really special day. Not only was it my sister’s eighth birthday, but it was also the only time my mum ever let us miss school, but she made us go straight back to the classroom after the Queen left!

“Visiting that day, I had no idea I’d end up working at DZC two decades later and only recently revisiting our photographs from the day it’s incredible to see I’m standing near to colleagues I’ve been lucky enough to work with here at the zoo.

“As part of our celebrations, we’re hoping to share some of the memories of the day from the zoo archives, but we’re also keen to also use any stories, photos, footage or memorabilia you may have.”

Submissions for the Queen’s visit exhibition can be emailed to or sent to Dudley Zoo and Castle, Castle Hill, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4QF before May 22.


Join us over the Queen’s Jubilee weekend – Thursday, June 2 through to Sunday, June 5 – as we help mark Her Majesty’s Platinum anniversary.
On Thursday, June 2 we’ll be hosting festivities in the courtyard, including children entertainment, themed crafts, face painting and games.
Keep an eye on our website and social media for further information.