The High Sheriff was proud to be a member of the welcoming party for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh this week.
The Vice Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Col George Marsh TD and Deputy Lieutenant Diedre Kelly welcomed the Queen from the royal train while the Chief constable Paul Crowther OBE head of the transport police met the City Council Choir before The Queen met construction workers that have brought light to the once dark station. Below is a very short film with pictures from the day to a song by the Birmingham City Choir.
Her Majesty unveiled a foundation plaque to open the new, New Street station in the atrium of Grand Central. The Queen and the Duke then laid a wreath at the Pals War Memorial in memory of railway workers killed in action during World War One and travelled across the city to name and board one of the new Metro trams. The Royal Couple then traveled to Edgbaston and the old BBC Pebble Mill studios site to officially open of the new Birmingham Community Healthcare Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry.
Amongst the welcoming party at New street were Transport Secretary Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Mark Carne, CEO Network Rail and The Bishop of Birmingham Rev David Urquart.
The Birmingham Mail carried a pictures timeline of the Queen’s visits to Birmingham and the Midlands, since her first visit in 1961 to Bingley hall.
The BBC ran a report on the memorable royal visit – BBC news report