Her Majesty The Queen visits Derby
PUBLISHED: 12:46 25 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:15 20 February 2013
Photographs from the Queens recent visit to Derby
Her Majesty the Queen arrived at Derby Cathedral to a tumultuous welcome from thousands of people who had been waiting for many hours. Inside were 800 guests from across Derbyshire, including 168 chosen recipients of this years Maundy money. A magnificent service followed, redolent of tradition and executed superbly during which a smiling Queen shook hands with each recipient and handed them the red and white purses. Emerging from the Cathedral to a waiting throng the Queen spoke to members of the crowd before being escorted to the waiting car, which then drove down St Marys Gate to the Cathedral Quarter Hotel for a reception and luncheon.
After the Service at the Cathedral the next port of call for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh was the Cathedral Quarter Hotel. Following a reception they enjoyed a three course luncheon prepared by head chef Dean Crews, which included local Derbyshire pork and lamb dishes. James Blick, managing director of Finesse Hotels, said: A royal visit is the pinnacle of any hoteliers career and the Queen is the ultimate guest. It is a huge accolade not only for the hotel, but for all of the team including Dean. It is an experience that will remain with me and the staff for the rest of our lives. Dean said: The menu was carefully chosen to include seasonal local produce. We had lots of practice runs so I was confident that the service would be slick. I had the honour of meeting the Queen and she really put me at ease. She thanked me and said that the lunch was very nice. The celebration lunch was hosted by the Mayor and Mayoress of Derby, Sean and Lisa Marshall. As The Queen departed from the hotel, she was presented with posies by James Blicks daughters, Isabella and Abigail.
The transfer of the title Royal to Derbys 334m Royal Derby Hospital was officially confirmed when the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the hospital. Hospital staff, doctors, nurses and patients waited to greet the Queen as she met key figures in the project which has culminated in the recent transfer of main hospital services from the old Derbyshire Royal Infirmary opened on 21st May 1891 by Queen Victoria. Cheering crowds watched as the royal couple concluded a visit that had brought enormous pleasure to very many people.