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Last updated at 18:33 BST, Saturday, 08 June 2013

Queen visits the BBC

Summary

7 June 2013

The British Queen, Queen Elizabeth II, has officially opened the BBC's new headquarters. The Queen, who is commemorating sixty years since her coronation, took a tour of the newsroom and met journalists from the World Service. She also made an announcement live on air to declare Broadcasting House open.

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Tom Esslemont

The British Queen, Queen Elizabeth II.

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The Queen first visited Broadcasting House in 1939. Back then she was a young princess, accompanying her father King George VI and her mother, Queen Elizabeth. Fourteen years later she was crowned.

In her six decades as Queen, the BBC's headquarters have seen many changes and challenges. During the Second World War the iconic art deco facade was damaged in the Blitz. Producers and announcers regularly took cover in a special air raid bunker. Since then, some of the building's wood panelled offices have been made famous by those who worked in them. Room 101 gave George Orwell inspiration for his novel 1984.

In recent years, Broadcasting House has had a one-and-a-half billion dollar revamp. The Queen will see the state-of-the-art glass fronted extension and inspect the BBC's multi-media newsroom.

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Vocabulary

crowned

made king or queen at a special ceremony

iconic

well known and representing an idea

facade

front of the building

bunker

underground shelter with strong walls to protect the people inside it from bullets or bombs

inspiration

the idea (for doing something)

revamp

change or improvement

state-of-the-art

modern, using the latest technology

multi-media

using different types of media, such at television, radio and computers