Pupils give Queen rousing welcome in Northern Ireland
Published 06/05/2009 | 16:31
The Queen was given a rousing welcome at a school in Londonderry today as she began a visit to Northern Ireland.
The brass band of Lisneal College struck up to mark the arrival of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Children waving Union flags braved driving rain outside their new school building to greet the Royal couple on the first of a number of engagements in the north west.
During their tour of the £17 million complex the Queen and the Duke were shown some of its state of the art facilities, including a dental surgery and a fingerprint biometric payment system in the canteen.
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Northern Ireland Secretary of State Shaun Woodward were among the dignitaries greeting the royal couple, who also included Dr Donal Keegan, the Lord Lieutenant of the County Borough of Londonderry.