Royal opening for new scanner

Queen visits hospital to open new scanner Credit: ITV Anglia

The Queen has opened a new MRI scanner unit at the hospital in Norfolk named after her mother. Three million pounds has been invested in the facility at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, which will mean more people than ever will be screened. In 2012 8254 patients were scanned at the unit.

Tomorrow the Queen will mark the 61st anniversary of her accession to the throne at Sandringham. It's a poignant day for the 86-year-old monarch as it also marks the death of her father King George VI.

The Queen was dressed in a white, lavender and baby blue boucle tweed coat by Stewart Parvin, a duck egg woollen crepe dress and matching hat. She wore two aquamarine and diamond brooches, given to her by her parents as an 18th birthday present.

The Queen arrives at the hospital Credit: ITV Anglia

The Queen met a patient, Heather Love, from Swaffham,who had just had a scan. She also watched 65-year-old Ian Tupper being scanned. Mr Tupper was born on the queen's 21st birthday. He's met her before, at the age of just three while she was still Princess Elizabeth. His father Chief Petty Officer Reginald Tupper served under Prince Philip as his chief gunner on HMS Magpie.

The Queen is patron of the hospital and it's her local hospital when she is staying at Sandringham a few miles away. She was last here in 2008 when she opened a CT scanner.

The Queen is still officiallyon her Christmas holidays . She is expected to return to London on Monday, after marking the anniversary of her accession to the throne tomorrow.

The Queen at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn Credit: ITV Anglia