Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Commonwealth Games venues in Glasgow On Wednesday before joining The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay on a visit to Dumfries House.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh met volunteers and the volunteer training team before observing the check-in process for accreditation and uniforms. The Queen and The Duke were briefed on the future of Kelvin Hall and were presented with a pass and a uniform memento before departing for Emirates Arena.
Kelvin Hall is a music hall, indoor sports arena, exhibition centre, Scottish basketball HQ and home of the Museum of Transport. Kelvin Hall will be the gateway to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Queen and Prince Philip stopped to visit Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Here they viewed the badminton court being constructed, met the Scottish badminton group and observed cyclists using the velodrome. The Royal couple also met apprentices and those involved in the construction of the Arena before attending a private luncheon.
The Emirates Arena and adjoining Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the East End of Glasgow are state-of-the-art facilities, owned by Glasgow City Council and located along the Athletes’ Village.The Emirates Arena will offer an exciting setting for the Badminton competition during the Commonwealth Games as the action will take place on six courts.
The Velodrome is named in honour of the UK’s most successful Gold-medal winning Olympian and Scottish Commonwealth Games champion. Scotland has an exceptional record in international track cycling competition, winning six medals in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and three at Delhi 2010.
The Queen and Prince Philip then travelled to Cumnock in East Ayrshire, where they were be met by The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, for a visit to Dumfries House.
Her Majesty, Prince Philip, Charles and Camilla visited the Education Centre, Hospitality Centre and Traditional Craft Skills Area Centre and met students before continuing to the Walled Garden.
In the Garden, The Queen and her husband met with gardeners, site workers and volunteers before Charles invited Her Majesty to unveil a plaque sundial to mark the visit and officially open the Walled Garden.
The Royal Family then met with sponsors, supporters and staff before visiting Dumfries House itself.