The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, will be attending a number of engagements in Liverpool next Wednesday. These acknowledge both the great history and heritage of the city, but also how Great Britain is becoming a centre of excellence in a number of fields on the world stage. The Royal Party will travel to Liverpool’s Lime Street station by the Royal Train, where they will be welcomed by a party led by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead.
From the station, The Queen and Duke will proceed to Liverpool’s iconic waterfront to officially open Exhibition Centre, Liverpool and visit the International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB16). Exhibition Centre, Liverpool is linked to the BT Conference Centre and Echo Arena by a pedestrian link bridge. Over the coming years it will play host to numerous conferences, concerts and global sporting events. IFB16 is being organised by Liverpool Vision in partnership with UK Trade & Industry and the Great Britain campaign. It is the largest festival of its kind this year and brings together 30,000 delegates from 100 countries around the world. Just one of the parts of the Festival is the GREAT British Showcase – an exhibition of UK innovation, technology, design and creativity.
For her lunch, The Queen will go from the ultra-modern to the Georgian Liverpool Town Hall. The Town Hall is the home of the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, and was built in the middle of the nineteenth century. Prior to lunch, the Royal party will appear on the balcony to wave to the crowds. One of the features of the Town Hall the Queen will be able to admire is a series of murals created in 1909 showing scenes of the city’s history – from King John creating Liverpool as a free port, to Liverpool as a centre of commerce, education and progress.
In the afternoon, The Queen and Duke will visit the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where they will be met by Hospital Chairman, Sir David Henshaw. Alder Hey is one of only four stand-alone children’s hospital in Great Britain and last year moved into a new location in parkland – the first hospital in Europe to do so. The Royal Party will meet members of the Trust, Staff, patients and relatives as they walk around the wards, finally the Queen will mark her visit by unveiling a plaque.
Look out on the Royal Central website next week for reports of The Queen’s visit to Liverpool in detail.