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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.




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.



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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