The Queen officially opened a £110m emergency care centre in Aberdeen, Scotland, on Tuesday as she took part in her first engagement of the Autumn.
The 87-year-old monarch was greeted with applause and cheers from the waiting crowds as she arrived at Aberdeen’s Royal Infirmary’s Fosterhill Campus, which aims to provide emergency care and support for cancer, heart and blood patients.
On arrival the Queen, who was wearing pink, was greeted by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, Lord Provost George Adam.
During her visit, she was taken around the centre where she visited the haematology, oncology and radiology units.
She appeared in good spirits as she met with staff and patients and was given demonstrations of the facilities that are provided.
The development at the centre has been described as the biggest at the site since the original hospital was built in 1936.
The Queen, who recently became a great-grandmother for the third time, was then given a tour of the emergency department before unveiling a plaque to honour her visit.
Tuesday’s visit marks the first engagement for Her Majesty after spending the last two months at Balmoral on her annual summer holiday.
The royal will return to London later this week where preparations are being made for Prince George’s christening.
Last week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced the christening would take place at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace on October 23.