Royal visit to the North West

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will travel to Manchester today. The royal couple will take a tour of the Co-op's new eco-friendly headquarters before visiting The Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey.

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The Queen opens new Co-op HQ

The Queen speaks with Prince Philip after unveiling a plaque during their visit to the new headquarters of the Co-operative Group Credit: PA

The first engagement of today's Royal visit to Manchester was to officially open the world's "greenest" office building.

The royal party was greeted with enthusiastic cheers from office workers lining the floors overlooking the entrance hall at One Angel Square, the Co-operative Group's new head office in the city.

All smiles for the Queen as she tours the new headquarters of the Co-operative group Credit: PA

The firm's £100 million HQ has been officially named the most environmentally-friendly building in the world, featuring the latest sustainable technology.

Today's visit marked the 150th anniversary of the Co-Operative movement, which now employs 95,000 people in the UK.

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