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Queen arrives at Tweedbank Station

The Queen arrives at the station. Credit: ITV Border

Queen Elizabeth has arrived at Tweedbank Station.

She will unveil a plaque to officially open the new Borders Railway, alongside Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland.

She is expected to make a speech after the opening.

Crowds welcome the Royal Train's arrival. Credit: ITV Border

Crowds were out in force to welcome her.


Memories of the Queen: 'not many people have sat in the Royal Limo'

Robin Bell, from Penrith, is a retired police inspector for Cumbria Constabulary.

In 1991 he was tasked with protecting the Queen on her visit to Penrith... and he ended up helping a young child, too.

The Queen's visit to Cumbria in 1991. Credit: ITV Border

All officers had a briefing by the Superintendent at the Police Station .and advised on the protocols of addressing embers of the Royal Family and that the Queen would take all the flowers from the children only in the front row.

I was assigned the right hand side of the forecourt of Mansion House as I was aware of some persons likely to be in the crowd who were well known anti-royalists and had photos of them..

The public were held behind steel crowd control barriers and the area was sealed off one hour before the Royal party arrived. I saw the Queen and the Duke walking through the gates of Mansion House then faced the crowd which included young children in the first line behind the barriers. I then herd the tap tap of high heeled shoes coming up behind me and then the Queen appeared at my side. She said “aren’t these flowers lovely officer” I responded “Yes your majesty”.

The party moved along and after a couple of minutes out of the corner of my eye to my left I saw a lot of sudden movements of the entourage and the Queen walked quickly towards me.

She said ”Officer there is a small child trapped behind the barriers, do something” I replied “Yes Marm” and saw a very small child with face against the barriers as the crowd surged forward.

I lifted out the child to the other side of the barrier and told it to stay there. When the Queen orders you to do something one must obey."

– Robin Bell

On a previous royal visit, in 1980, Robin cleaned the Royal car, and ended driving it back to where the Queen was staying:

Not many people can say I have sat in the Royal Limo."

– Robin Bell
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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
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