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The Queen and Prince Philip to open new £1.35billion bridge in Scotland

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will officially open the new £1.35billion Queensferry Crossing in Scotland on 4th September.

The bridge, which will become Scotland’s newest landmark with construction having ended just a few months ago.

The 91-year old Monarch and 96-year-old Duke will also be joined at the opening ceremony by First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.

The opening ceremony on September 4th will take place 53 years to the day after The Queen opened the Forth Road Bridge.

The bridge will be open to traffic before the opening ceremony, but it will close on 2 and 3 September to allow pedestrians to have the unique opportunity of walking along the crossing.

Holyrood Economy Secretary, Keith Brown, said: “This Queensferry Crossing Experience will allow for up to 50,000 people to have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk across the Queensferry Crossing before it becomes a motorway with no pedestrian access.

“In order to manage access to the bridge, there will be a ballot to decide who will have this unique opportunity to be one of the 50,000 people.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to enter and take part.”

First Minister Sturgeon said: “It is very fitting that the Queensferry Crossing will be officially opened by The Queen, exactly 53 years to the day from when she opened the Forth Road Bridge. 

“Importantly, this celebratory event will recognise the thousands of people who have been involved in the construction of the new bridge.

“The Queensferry Crossing is a symbol of a confident, forward-looking Scotland and – as well as providing a vital transport connection for many years to come – it is a truly iconic structure and a feat of modern engineering.

Notably, this will be the first engagement the Duke of Edinburgh will undertake following his retirement from royal duties in early August.

As has been made clear by Buckingham Palace, Prince Philip’s retirement brought to an end his diary of engagements. However, he will still pick and choose individual events to attend and support his wife of 70-years.

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