The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have officially opened Birmingham New Street Station and also sample the new Midland Metro tram.Read the full story ›
Prince Philip enquired with station announcers on a visit to Birmingham earlier if announcements were made in English or ‘Brummie’.
The Duke was with the Queen as she officially opened the revamped New Street Station this morning.
Speaking to staff His Royal Highness asked if English was the preferred language for announcements, and at first one worker seemed to miss the intended joke and replied by saying “we have got another person who speaks foreign languages too”.
But the Prince persisted, replying “But you do Birmingham only, you don’t do Manchurian or Yorkshire?”, when finally the penny dropped!
The Queen was given a tour around one of Midland Metro's £40 million fleet of trams earlier.
She was visiting Birmingham with her husband Prince Philip this morning, when she officially opened Birmingham New Street Station.
In her second stop in Her Majesty's visit to Birmingham this morning, the Queen has got on board one of the Midland Metro's new fleet of trams.
Her Royal Highness is seeing the work done to extend tram tracks from Snow Hill station to a terminus at Birmingham New Street which is due to be running by next year.
The fleet of trams were upgraded in 2014 costing a total of £40million.
The Queen is being accompanied by Prince Philip this morning, and the royal couple will next visit Birmingham Dental Hospital, before leaving after lunch.
The Queen has been chatting to dozens of workers involved in the remodelling of Birmingham New Street Station.
Her Majesty is in the city to officially open the revamped rail hub with Prince Philip. The visit comes amid heightened security in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.
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The Queen and Prince Philip have arrived at Birmingham New Street station for its official opening.
The royal couple have just disembarked the royal train and will tour the revamped station.
Gusts are currently sat on the concourse awaiting their arrival on stage, with crowds gathered on the balcony of the Grand Central shopping centre overlooking the concourse.
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.
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.
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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.