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Queen opens new library at Aberdeen University

Queen in Aberdeen to open university library
Image caption The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen has officially opened Aberdeen University's new library and the city council's refurbished headquarters.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen toured the £57m Sir Duncan Rice library.

A crowd of students and well-wishers lined the entrance.

The Queen met the building's architects, donors and members of staff before unveiling a plaque on the ground floor.

The library houses more than a million books and collections of rare manuscripts.

The cube-shaped building, which opened to the public last year, was conceived by Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen to mark the ice and light of the north and is the largest capital fundraising project undertaken by the university.

Later the Queen opened the newly refurbished Marschial College, now the headquarters of Aberdeen City Council.

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