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Queen chats with Nicola Sturgeon during train journey

The Queen has resumed her train journey to Tweedbank as she marks her historic day by inaugurating the new £294 million Scottish Borders Railway.

Queen Elizabeth II waved out of the window of the steam locomotive Union of South Africa on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Her Majesty chatted with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during the journey from Waverley Station to Tweedbank. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Prince Philip joined the pair in the luxury carriage. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire


'She wears a nice hat': excitement building for Queen's visit

Queen Elizabeth will be arriving at Tweedbank Station at around 1:20pm today, and excitement is building.

We've been speaking to some of the people waiting patiently at the station:

Ella Knoesen Credit: ITV Border

We wanted to bring Ella to see the queen come to the Borders on the steam train."

– Ella Knoesen's mum
Lily-Ruth Turner

I'm excited to see the queen coming and opening the railway. I like how she wears nice hat."

– Lily-Ruth Turner
Trish Harker Credit: ITV Border

Trains coming back to Borders and it's an historical day for the Queen and it's great she's given her big day to us and the Borders.

I was the customer assistant at Tweedbank station and I used to look after the paperwork."

– Trish Harker
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PM: Queen's service to Britain has been 'truly humbling'

Prime Minister David Cameron has paid fulsome tribute to the Queen on the day she becomes Britain's longest running monarch, describing her reign as a "golden thread running through three post-war generations".

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Cameron said: "I do think it's right that today we should stop and take a moment as a nation to stop and mark this historic milestone."

Her Majesty the Queen inspires us all with her remarkable service, her dignified leadership and the extraordinary grace with which she carries out her duties.

It is truly humbling to comprehend the scale of service that Her Majesty the Queen has given this country. The reign of Queen Elizabeth II has been a golden thread running through three post-war generations.

The Queen is our Queen and we couldn't be more proud of her. She has served this country with unerring grace, dignity and decency. And long may she continue to do so.

– Prime Minister David Cameron


Memories of the Queen: 'I'm a fanatic royal'

Howard Armstrong walked from Cummersdale to Carlisle, to see Queen Elizabeth on her visit in 1958.

Howard Armstrong Credit: ITV Border

He was eleven at the time, and went on to work on the Royal Train for the British Transport Police.

His fascination with the Royal Family continues today:

I'd gone into Woolworths to buy a Union flag to wave and it was fantastic because we saw right close up. Where I was standing was beside the fence, the barrier, and the royal car came right down, it was a glass backed car, and it was fantastic, a fabulous day.

I'm a fanatic royal. Well I'm saying that, I'm not, I don't go out of my way to see them, but if the Queen was to come back to Carlisle I'd be one of the first in the queue."

– Howard Armstrong

Crowds gather for Queen's visit

People are waiting in the car park at the station. Credit: ITV Border

A crowd has gathered in the car park at Tweedbank Station, waiting for the Queen's arrival.

People have been queuing outside the station since around 6am this morning, and were allowed into the car park at 9am.

Queen Elizabeth is expected to arrive at the station at 12:18pm, where she will officially open the new Borders Railway.

People were allowed into the car park from around 9am. Credit: ITV Border

Memories of the Queen: Grace Kelly

Throughout the day we'll be bringing you memories of the Queen from people in our region.

Grace was chosen to present flowers. Credit: Jane Kelly

Jane Kelly and her daughter Grace went to see the Queen in Kendal in 2013.

A security guard lifted Grace over the barrier so that she could present her flowers to the queen in person.

My daughter Grace and I went to see the Queen in Kendal. We went early and bought a same bouquet of red, white and blue flowers.

We waited behind the barrier near the cenotaph.

After a while the Queen's bodyguard came over and asked if Grace would like to give her flowers personally to the Queen.

He lifted her right over the barrier and placed her in the line up. I was very proud of her because she was very shy and also looked after the little ones in the line up."

– Jane Kelly
Grace was chosen to present flowers to the Queen. Credit: Jane Kelly

Scottish Borders prepares for Royal visit

Queen Elizabeth is now the UK's longest serving monarch. Credit: Mary McCartney/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Queen Elizabeth will open the new Borders Railway today, on the day she becomes the UK's longest serving monarch.

The Queen will travel on a train down the new line, passing Stow and Galashiels, and is expected to arrive at Tweedbank Station at 12:18pm.

There, she will unveil a plaque to mark the opening of the Borders Railway.

Her reign has now lasted 70 years.

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