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Stage is set at New Street for Queen & Prince Philip

The seats are in place for the officially opening later this morning Credit: ITV News Central/Pat Fenelon

Final preparations are underway at Birmingham New Street Station to welcome the Queen and Prince Philip this morning.

The royals are opening the revamped train station as well as visiting the work to extend the Midland Metro tram system into the city.

Theirl train is expected to arrive at around 10:30am, before the Queen and Duke will tour the new station.

Immediately upon leaving New Street, Her Majesty will pause at the Pals War Memorial, which commemorates railwaymen who died during the First World War. There, they will take part in a dedication and wreath-laying ceremony.

Queen’s Birmingham visit 'will be safe' amid terror fears

West Midlands Police have assured the Queen’s visit to Birmingham later will pass off safely after security was stepped up in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

Officers made detailed searches in the area around New Street Station yesterday ahead of the Queen officially opening the revamped rail hub.

Officers carrying out security checks outside Birmingham New Street yesterday. Credit: ITV News Central/Andy Bevan

Her Majesty will also visit the Midland Metro tram extension in Bull Street and the Dental Hospital during her visit this morning.

Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Cann says every effort has been made to keep the public and the very special visitors safe, with armed officers carrying out high visibility patrols.


Excitement building for Queen's visit to Birmingham

Birmingham New Street has tweeted its excitement ahead of the Queen’s visit to the city later.

Her Majesty will officially open the revamped station before going on to see the extension of the Midland Metro and the Dental Hospital.

Security around the city has been stepped up in the wake of the Paris terror attacks which killed 129 people.

However officers say the increased measures here are not in response to any particular threat or intelligence, and they are confident the royal visit will pass off safely.


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