Queen to Visit Bedfordshire

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Queen to Visit Bedfordshire
Zookeeper Shane Bewson counts Elephants during the annual stocktake at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire.

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Bedfordshire

Tuesday 11th April 2017

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will open the new Centre for Elephant Care at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and open Priory View independent living scheme in Bedfordshire on Tuesday 11th April 2017.

Centre for Elephant Care
Her Majesty The Queen, Patron of The Zoological Society of London, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will visit ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. On arrival The Queen and The Duke will be met by Sir John Beddington, President of the ZSL, and Ralph Armond, ZSL Director General. The Royal party will proceed to the Elephant Centre, meeting staff along the way.

At the Elephant Centre The Queen and The Duke will meet the Head Elephant Keeper and view the elephant team carrying out daily care tasks such as nail filing and mouth care. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will meet the Centre’s project team, including zookeepers and architects, in front of the elephant paddock before proceeding to the amphitheatre where The Queen will unveil a plaque to mark the formal opening of the Centre. The Queen and The Duke will view an elephant being fed and meet keepers and vets before departing.

Priory View in Dunstable
Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Priory View in Dunstable, an independent living scheme for older residents. On arrival The Queen and The Duke will be greeted by Julie Ogley, Director of Social Care and Housing and Clle Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care, Health and Housing, before proceeding on a tour of the facilities. The Royal party will visit the hair salon, meeting clients and hairdressers at work, before moving into the restaurant where they will meet the building’s architects and designers.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will tour the spa and see residents engaged in wellbeing treatments such as massage and an aerobics class. The Queen and The Duke will then meet one of the residents and be shown their apartment. After a private lunch The Queen will unveil a plaque to mark the formal opening of Priory View before departing.

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