Her Majesty The Queen to Open The Hive

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As part of The Queen’s regional tour for the Diamond Jubilee, she will be visiting Worcester on 11th July.

Worcester is known as the "Faithful City" because of its long standing loyalty to the Royal family, dating as far back as the Battle of Worcester in 1651, the final conflict of the English Civil War.

Highlights of the day will include The Queen officially opening The Hive, the county's new library and history centre - a joint venture between Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester.

The royal party will then move on to Worcester Guildhall, where they will enjoy a reception and lunch with community representatives from across Worcestershire.

This will be followed by a chance for the royal couple to meet residents on the High Street, where VisitWorcester will be organising two themed displays celebrating Worcester's heritage.

Finally, The Queen and the Duke will visit Worcester Cathedral to join the local community to listen to a celebration of the Diamond Jubilee in words and music.

Professor David Green, University of Worcestesalr Vice Chancellor, said: “We are thrilled that Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will be opening The Hive. The Hive is a truly worthy, iconic building in which to house the country’s first University and Public Library. It is a signal distinction that Her Majesty will open The Hive, especially in the year of her Diamond Jubilee.

“I am sure that this Royal opening will serve as a great inspiration to the many hundreds of thousands of people who will use the services provided in this wonderful building in the years ahead – particularly the children who will be inspired into the worlds of reading, learning and education by the marvellous interior space and the outstanding children’s library which The Hive contains.”