The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will board the Royal Train and travel to Manchester next Thursday, 14 November.
Upon arrival at Manchester’s Piccadilly Station, they will be welcomed by Warren Smith, Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.
The royal couple will take a tour of the new eco-friendly NOMA building located at One Angel Square and unveil a plaque to announce the opening. The building will become the Co-op’s new headquarters.
NOMA hopes to revitalise the northern part of Manchester city centre. The goal is to redevelop and open up this area that has seen growth such as in other parts of the city. The building of One Angel Square employed over 2,000 workers, which was a boost for employment in this area of Manchester.
Her Majesty and Prince Philip will then tour the building, and “will meet some of the 3,500 Co-op workers who have moved into the 14-storey building from eight different company sites,” reports The Manchester Evening News.
After the tour, the couple will head over to Harpurhey, which was once named England’s most deprived neighbourhood. Now however, it has seen significant investment and the opening of the Manchester Communication Academy, one of the city’s largest schools. The Royal couple will visit the Factory Youth Zone where they will observe the various groups of young people ranging in ages between 8 and 21 before meeting and speaking with them.
The Factory Youth Zone opened in February 2012. It services over 2,000 individuals including the disabled, allowing everyone the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities. They also have mentoring, career counseling and coaching programs available.