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The Queen and the Duchess of Gloucester to undertake a joint engagement in Cambridge

The Queen will be accompanied by the Duchess of Gloucester for a joint engagement in Cambridge next week.

Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness will visit the new site of the Royal Papworth Hospital on Tuesday, July 9.

When they visit the site, The Queen and the Duchess will tour the new building visiting the catheter laboratories and the critical care unit. They will meet recent transplant patients and consultants before unveiling a plaque to mark the formal opening of the hospital.

Birgitte has been Patron of the hospital since 2003.

Royal Papworth Hospital is the UK’s leading heart and lung hospital, treating more than 100,000 patients each year from across the UK.

Since carrying out the UK’s first successful heart transplant in 1979, the hospital has established an international reputation for excellence in research and innovation.

The new hospital will include five operating theatres, five catheter laboratories (for non- surgical procedures) and two hybrid theatres. There will be about 300 beds for patients, including a 46-bed critical care unit, and most patients will have their own single, en-suite rooms.

The Queen will also conduct a number of solo engagements while she is in Cambridge.

The 93-year-old Monarch will visit NIAB (National Institute of Agricultural Botany) – 50 years since she first visited the organisation.

At NIAB, Her Majesty will view an exhibition celebrating 100 years of crop research and learn about the new building facilities. She will meet staff before moving to the glasshouse to meet NIAB plant breeders to view plants and learn about research work to improve yield and crop resilience.

At the conclusion of the visit, The Queen will plant a tree and unveil a plaque to mark the visit in their centenary year.

Her Majesty will also visit Queens’ College where she will have a private lunch.