Next week Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is set to become the longest-serving British monarch and DZG is proud to be marking the historic moment.
To commemorate this upcoming achievement, we will be flying the union flag atop Dudley Castle, at the heart of the zoological gardens, from tomorrow for seven days.
On September 9, the Queen will have reigned for longer than her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, who sat on the throne for 63 years and 216 days.
Queen Elizabeth II’s reign began 63 years and seven months ago when she was just 25-years-old. She acceded to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on 6 February, 1952.
And the impending milestone brings back special memories of when the Queen visited DZG to open our Interpretation Centre within Dudley Castle.
ABOVE – The Queen reveals a piece of commemorative glass during her visit to DZG in 1994
Her Majesty visited the zoo on June 24 in 1994 and, 21 years on, the centre she opened has been revitalised into Castle Creatures, which was launched this March.
Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “We are very proud and honoured to fly the flag to recognise this record-breaking reign.
“It’s also 21 years since the Queen came to Dudley Zoo and many visitors and staff recall the happy occasion.
“The original piece of commemorative glass that was designed for the royal visit and was unveiled by Her Royal Highness is still maintained in our new Castle Creatures exhibit.”
ABOVE – The Queen’s visit in 1994 was a day to remember for crowds who flocked to DZG
During the 90-minute visit in 1994, Her Majesty toured the Interpretation Centre and received a crystal key to the castle as a gift from the borough.
She then went on to meet members of the public and listened to a short concert by schoolchildren in the courtyard.
The 11th century Dudley Castle has seen visits by both Queen Elizabeth I on August 11, 1575 and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on June 24, 1994.