The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have officially reopened New Street Station in Birmingham, following its five year, £750m, redevelopment.
The royal couple unveiled a plaque at the
impressive new station and paid their respects to railway staff killed
in action in the First World War.
They also named a tram while
visiting the recently completed Midland Metro Tram Extension at Bull
Street, and visited the Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of
Dentistry on the former BBC site at Pebble Mill.
Security for the
Queen's visit was higher than usual, following the attacks in Paris last
weekend, with armed police clearly visible and additional officers on
patrol. The central concourse of the station was also sealed off while
the Queen unveiled the plaque.
However, Assistant Chief Constable
Gary Cann said that the measures were only a precaution and no
intelligence had been received relating to a threat.
Some royal fans traveled a long way to see the Queen, with one, Margaret Kittle, coming all the way from Canada.
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