49 Princes Street - opposite
the Scott Monument
Jenners decorated for the visit
to Edinburgh by King Olav of
with acknowledgement to Ally McGurk,
from the collected photos taken by Ally and her father, Thomas M. McGurk
Jenners' Store has stood on
the corner of Princes Street and South Saint David Street, across the road
from the Scott Monument in East Princes Street Gardens, for over a
McGurk who provided this photo writes:
"Jenners is Edinburgh's great survivor -
probably the only one of the many fine old department stores still in
existence, albeit under new ownership.
Notice the Norwegian flags all over it - this
proves the photo was taken when King Olav of Norway paid us a
Ally McGurk, NW Cumbria, England: May 25, 2007
Thank you to Ally McGurk,
daughter of Thomas M McGurk for
allowing me to reproduce this photo. More photos taken by Ally
and Thomas can be found on the
Flickr web site.
from Stephen McMahon
I originally had this
photograph dated as 1960, but Stephen McMahon has corrected me.
Thank you Stephen
King Olav's Visit
"I've just been browsing
the updates on the site and came across the shot of Jenners .
The date given is 1960 and the
event is the visit by King Olav of Norway. I remember being at primary
school at the time and the father of one of my classmates drove the Royal
Train which brought the royal party to Edinburgh.
Now, I started school 1961, so if
the photograph shows decorations for this event, then it must be later. I
have checked this
Monarchy website which lists the dates of all state visits to Britain.
King Olav V visited Britain in
1962 and came to Edinburgh on 16 October (a date which stuck in my mind as
it was, for what it's worth, the date of my parents' wedding anniversary).
My three ha'pence
Stephen McMahon, Munich, Germany: August 10,
from Ally McGurk
"1962 sounds more correct
actually, as I was in the choir that sang for King Olav, our present Queen
and Prime Minister Harold MacMillan.
I was at Holy Cross Academy at
the time. In 1960 I was still at St Peter's Primary School.
They got a big choir together,
comprising various smaller school choirs, and I've a feeling the
performance was at the Assembly Hall on the Mound.
We had to learn the Norwegian
National Anthem, among other things, although it was an English
Ally McGurk, NW Cumbria, England: August 10, 2007
Eric Gold, East London
Eric Gold, East London, writes:
"I remember the Jenners shot well as when King
Olav came on a state visit to Edinburgh I was at St Patrick's school.
We all lined up in the Canongate and waved our flags when the King with
Queen Elizabeth drove past to go to Holyrood Palace.
All the school was lined up either side of the
Canongate. I will never forget that day. A month or two later,
I went to St Anthony's school in Leith."
Eric Gold, August 8, 2007