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Comment 23 MARCH 2012

Queen meets Daleks and puppets on Jubilee visit to Manchester

23 MARCH 2012

Hundreds of royal fans lined the streets of Manchester as the Queen made a Diamond Jubilee year visit to the city.

The Duchess of Cambridge wasn't by her side this time, but the monarch was accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

 

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The royal couple arrived at Victoria Station in a train emblazoned with the Jubilee emblem before moving on to St Mary's Hospital and Manchester's Royal Eye Hospital.

There, they met staff and patients and listened to a specially commissioned musical work.

The Queen then opened MediaCityUK in Salford, where she toured the facilities, including the BBC's Match Of The Day and CBeebies studios.

She was shown a puppetry performance by the childrens' characters Hacker T Dog and Dodge T Dog, with help from presenters Phil Fletcher and Warrick Brownlow-Pike.

"We thought you might bring the corgis with you?" Hacker T Dog said - before the puppetmasters revlealed themselves from beneath the desk.

"That's very good, isn't it?" the Queen said.

She also waved a flag to kick off the BBC Sport Relief Mile from the complex.

 

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The royal party then went on for lunch at Manchester's magnificent Town Hall, hosted by the Lord Mayor of the city, before viewing a specially designed Jubilee garden in the town square.

The tour was rounded out at an "urban garden party" at the Manchester Central conference centre with music and dance performances.

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