The Queen’s met the crowds in Victoria Square & has officially opened the QE Hospital
The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Victoria Square just after 10 o’clock this morning and were greeted by a number of important people in our city.
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands (Mr Paul Sabapathy) presented a group of dignitaries including The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, Cllr John Lines and Kathleen Lines.
They were cheered on by a group of 60 pupils from Bartley Green School before the Lord Mayor invited The Queen & Prince Philip to sign the two City visitors’ books – one for the Lord Mayor and one for the City Council.
Afterwards, Her Majesty was handed a gift from Birmingham which is a silver engraved plate… read all about that here
Five-year-old Lilac Pugh, a pupil at Chad Vale Primary School in Edgbaston gave The Queen a posy of flowers.
The crowds were gathering from first thing – enjoying some rare sunshine!
Cllr John Lines, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, said: “This will be a great day for the city of Birmingham, during a year of many important events and celebrations for the country.
“I am honoured and privileged to be a part of this Royal Visit and am sure Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will be delighted by the welcome they receive from our wonderful city.”
A backdrop of entertainment was provided by a The Jazz Ramblers, a four-piece New Orleans acoustic combo, performing as part of the city’s 28th Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival. They were joined by the Chinese Jitterbug Squad, a four-strong all-female dance troupe.
To honour The Queen’s presence, the Royal Standard flew above the Council House for the visit.
And this lot turned up too… it’s only Dan Morrissey, Andy Goulding and Jo & Sparky from Free Radio!
After their stop in Victoria Square, The Queen and The Duke were at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for the final leg of the Birmingham tour.