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 visits Youth Zone

The Queen speaks to boxer Victoria Boardman and coach Thomas McDonagh Credit: PA

Several hundred well-wishers, including many schoolchildren, lined up in the sunshine to greet the Queen and Philip in Harpurhey, where they toured the The Factory Youth Zone.

The Queen meets young people at The Factory Youth Zone. Credit: PA

The aim of The Factory is to give eight to 21-year-olds "somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to".

Similar centres are up and running in Carlisle, Blackburn, Oldham and Wigan, with two more to follow in Wolverhampton and Birkenhead in 2015 thanks to £1million donations each from The Queen's Trust and the St James's Palace Foundation.

The Queen's Trust is also providing a grant of £200,000 towards the development of a Preston Youth Zone.The Queen and Philip later departed for a private lunch ahead of their return home on the Royal Train.

The Queen departs Harpurhey. Credit: PA

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