Her Late Majesty The Queen visited Croydon four times over the course of her 70-year reign, and did everything from shaking hands to opening  a college and having a spot of lunch at Fairfield Halls.

The monarch’s first visit to the borough was on November 3, 1960 to open what is now called Croydon College.

She visited with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

The college tweeted on Friday that it was “fascinated” watching back old black and white footage of the occasion.

The video shows excited children lining the streets as the royal car made its way down to the college.

The Queen also visited classrooms before unveiling a stone plaque.

Her next visit was to open The Queen’s Gardens on June 21, 1983 when she unveiled a plinth to commemorate the day.

Afterwards she visited Fairfield Halls where she had lunch in the Arnhem Gallery.

On the same day she visited the Whitgift Almshouses in North End and unveiled a plaque celebrating the recently completed reconstruction of the building

In 1996 crowds flocked to the town centre to get a glimpse of Her Majesty. She unveiled a plaque at the Croydon Clocktower in Katherine Street.

Pictures show she paid another visit to the Whitgift Almshouses and spoke to residents.

Her most recent visit to Croydon was part of the celebration of the Golden Jubilee in 2002 which involved a tour of South London accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh.

They started at The Brit School for Performing Arts where they were given a tour and were presented with a CD produced by pupils.

At the time, former principal Nick Williams told the News Shopper: “This has been a proud day for the BRIT School.

"Everyone has been so supportive and the students were as ever enthusiastic and positive.

"Not one of them was tongue tied, which is good because that is what we are all about at this school.”

After visiting the school, the royal couple attended a reception at Addington Palace before travelling to the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace Park for a London Youth mini games.

The Croydon Museum collated information of all the Queen’s visits to the borough as part of this summer’s Jubilee celebrations.

Croydon’s ceremonial mayor, Councillor Alisa Flemming, said: “She will be deeply missed by so many people.

"Many of us remember her visits to Croydon throughout the years, from the opening of Croydon College in 1960 and The Queen’s Gardens in 1983, to her last visit to Addington Palace and The BRIT School during her Golden Jubilee Tour in 2002.”