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Queen tours International Business Festival during Liverpool visit

Published 22/06/2016

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have a busy day of engagements planned in Liverpool
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have a busy day of engagements planned in Liverpool

The Queen visited a major business fair as she began a day of engagements in Liverpool.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she toured the best of British creativity, innovation and design at the International Festival for Business, hosted by the city.

The royal couple visited stands including Invest Liverpool, viewed a £125,000 BAC Mono supercar built in the city, and saw a demonstration of a robotic hand at the UK Trade and Investment display.

Later, the Queen unveiled a plaque to officially open the new £66 million venue, Exhibition Centre Liverpool, and adjoining Pullman Liverpool hotel.

The buildings are part of £240 million worth of development on the waterfront over the last decade, paid for through UK Government and EU funding.

The Queen, wearing a peach-coloured Stewart Parvin coat with matching floral silk dress and a hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, also heard a medley of tunes from the Pagoda Chinese Orchestra, with Liverpool, twinned with Shanghai, keen to do business with China.

Max Steinberg, chair of the International Festival for Business, in a welcome address, told the royals the event was staged to showcase British business and help firms export across the world, with 12,000 delegates attending from more than 120 countries.

He added: "Your majesty, your royal highness, your presence with us today has been of immense encouragement and I know I speak on behalf of all the festival team in expressing my sincere thanks for the interest shown by your majesty, your royal highness, in the aims and objectives of this festival.

"This city, my home city of Liverpool, is in my view, perfectly placed to host such an international festival on behalf of the United Kingdom.

"It is a city that for hundreds of years has welcomed communities from across the globe and indeed is home to the oldest Chinese community established in Europe.

"It is also true to say that music is an essential part of the DNA of our city and we have exported many of our musical talents across the world."

The Chinese youth orchestra were then introduced and the royal visitors clapped after the youngsters played their brief medley.

Ellie Lafferty, 11, from Prescot, Merseyside, presented the Queen with a posy of peonies and roses, before the royal party departed for the Town Hall where they will view crowds from the balcony before lunch with local dignitaries.

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