Hundreds of people warmly welcomed the Queen as she officially opened new hospitals in Manchester yesterday.
The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, opened Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Saint Mary’s Hospital and a new wing at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
The royal party enjoyed hazy spring sunshine as they arrived at the hospital trust, as hundreds of people lined the streets and clapped and cheered and waved union flags.
The Queen and Duke had arrived at Victoria Station before moving on to the new hospital complex where they met staff and patients and listened to a specially commissioned musical work by the Royal Northern College of Music.
The Queen was wearing a strawberry pink linen dress by Angela Kelly, with a strawberry and cream wool coat with a ruby diamond fan brooch.
Later the Queen officially opened the massive MediaCityUK development at Salford Quays, where BBC North has its HQ.
Hundreds of schoolchildren and adults cheered and waved Union flags on her arrival, with one youngster handing her a home-made greeting card saying “Welcome to Salford” and a posy of flowers.
Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC, and Peter Salmon, director of BBC North, accompanied the royal visitor on a tour of the buildings. First stop was the studio used for Match Of The Day and Football Focus.
Presenter Dan Walker gave the Queen a run-down on how the programme is put together, before the royal visitor was escorted to other studios used for CBBC and Newsround.
n DIY chain B&Q is introducing the ultimate in kitsch garden decor to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – a commemorative pair of royal gnomes.
They go on sale in May, but a spokesman said they’d already had to open a waiting list.