In 1954 there was God, then there was the Queen.
So it was hardly surprising that on this day 50 years ago Dubbo's population swelled four-fold to 50,000 as loyal subjects provided a rousing welcome for Queen Elizabeth II.
The first-ever visit by a reigning British monarch prompted an outpouring of patriotism unseen before or since.
As one Dubbo resident, Gloria Klaassens, recalled this week, support for the monarchy at the time was unparalleled.
"Schools had photos of the Queen above the blackboard in every classroom and children sang the national anthem before sitting down.
"God Save the Queen was played at the pictures prior to the screening of the movie and everyone stood up and sang it. In the great scheme of things, there was God and then the Queen - that's how it was in those days."
Special trains brought school children, parents and teachers from every town in the region creating a logistical nightmare for railway officials.
The Dubbo railway yard, normally filled with goods trains, was evacuated to accommodate the scores of passenger carriages.
Army reservists, national servicemen and regular Army personnel were called in to provide crowd control in all the areas the Queen was to visit.
Not everyone, though, was enthused: Stan Fuller of Walgett spent 24 sleepless hours pushing his truck through boggy black soil roads so his wife and children could see the Queen.
Asked if it was worth the effort, Mr Fuller replied: "Bugger the Queen, I'd never go through that again."