Diamond Jubilee: Queen officially names Birmingham hospital

Queen Elizabeth II The Queen met well-wishers in Victoria Square

The Queen has officially named a Birmingham hospital as part of her two-day visit to the West Midlands.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she arrived at Snow Hill Station and began her visit in Victoria Square before a short tour of the city centre.

The royal party then continued to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where a piece of glasswork was unveiled as part of the naming ceremony.

The £545m building was opened to patients in June 2010.

The Queen met members of the hospital staff before being welcomed by Dame Julie Moore, chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Sir Albert Bore, chairman of the trust.

'Really nerve-wracking'

The hospital is home to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, which treats service personnel who are severely wounded overseas.

At the scene

The atmosphere at Victoria Square was joyful and people were in high spirits as they waited in the Birmingham sunshine.

I spoke with some children from St Mary's C of E Primary School who were extremely excited, waving flags and cheering spontaneously.

Standing on stools were Brian and Ann Wilde from Oldbury. They had come prepared an hour before the Queen was due to arrive.

Mr Wilde told of how he saw the Queen in Birmingham as a child when she was the then princess and again in 1970 when she visited the city. "She's a great influence to our society," he said.

As the Queen walked past, people were standing on the fountain and boulders, all eager to catch a glimpse.

Diane Higgs, formerly from Northern Ireland but living in Dudley, was dressed head-to-toe in a union jack flag. She said: "I love the Queen because she was so young when she became Queen and she is all about duty and serving her people, we will not have another Queen like her."

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh also met more former patients, volunteers and staff before being presented with a posy by Bethan Davies.

The 20-year-old Young Persons Unit patient from Herefordshire, whose great aunt was a member of the royal household, has been undergoing chemotherapy at the hospital since she was diagnosed with an adrenal tumour in January.

Ms Davies said: "It was really nerve-wracking, but she was lovely and asked me whether I was a patient here and about my treatment. It was such an honour to meet her."

Dame Julie said: "The trust has a long history with the Queen Elizabeth name, with the Queen Mother naming the old hospital in 1939."

Silver bowl

Sheila Clarke, from Glasgow, had travelled to Birmingham to see the Queen in Victoria Square, waiting since 05:00 BST.

Ms Clarke, who also saw the Queen on her visit to Worcester on Wednesday, said it was "lovely to be in Birmingham."

The Queen was also presented with a silver bowl, created in the city's Jewellery Quarter as part of her visit, by Kay Alexander, chairman of Birmingham Assay Office.

The royal party then left Birmingham for RAF Cosford in Shropshire.

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