Queen to Open Queensferry Crossing

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Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will open the Queensferry Crossing

Monday, 4th September, 2017

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will open the Queensferry Crossing at South Queensferry, EH30 9SF. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will then cross the bridge to attend a ceremony at the Cube Arena, King Malcolm Drive, Rosyth, KY11 2DY.

On the South side of the Queensferry Crossing, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be met by Councillor Frank Ross, The Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh and Lord Lieutenant, and The Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will then meet representatives of Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) and schoolchildren and there will be a blessing by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland before Her Majesty cuts a ribbon to open the bridge. The Royal party will cross the new bridge to the Cube Arena on the North side where The Queen will unveil a plaque to mark the opening of the Queensferry Crossing. There will be a traditional folk performance and a poem reading before the presentation of a gift and a posy. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will meet FCBC staff before departing.

The official opening of the Queensferry Crossing will take place on 4th September and will open to traffic on 30  August.

Over 10,000 people have been inducted to work on the construction site since 2011, clocking up over 13 million hours of work. Thousands more have been indirectly employed and have benefited through the project’s supply chain.

The Queensferry Crossing Experience ballot to walk the bridge (Sept 2/3) generated almost 250,000 entries, including interest from 30 non-UK nationalities around the world.

The Queensferry Crossing is currently £245 million under the original budget and VisitScotland have already identified the three bridges as a unique setting and world-leading visitor destination.

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