The Queen's Visit
By Damien Walmsey (D1987 Manchester) Professor of Restorative Dentistry
Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Phillip visited Birmingham for the first time since 2012 her itinerary including the opening of the new Grand Central New Street station and an inspection of one of the new trams to be used on the streets of Birmingham.
After these engagements, it was the turn of the new Dental School and Hospital to be visited where everyone was delighted to meet her.
The Queen entered the front entrance of the Hospital to be greeted by Tracy Taylor, Chief Executive of Birmingham Community Health Trust and Professor Philip Lumley, the Head of the School of Dentistry at the University of Birmingham and was introduced to many invited dignitaries in the entrance hall.
The Queen and Prince Philip toured the building where they met many of our patients, clinical staff and students. They were very interested in the work and activities of the building taking the opportunity to talk with people and there was the chance to show off clinical service, education and research facilities. Following the tour, she returned to the ground floor foyer where she unveiled a plaque honouring her visit and the official opening of the building. She then had lunch with guests from the School, Hospital, Trust and University including the Lord Lieutenant, the Mayor of Birmingham and the Chancellor of the University of Birmingham.
After this everyone was present to wish her well and Verity Thomas, a 10-year-old patient presented the Queen with a posy. There was genuine warmth to her welcome and people were very excited to see her and with much clapping and cheering from everyone she left in the royal car.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the day and was involved as either a helper, demonstrator or even as an observer. It will live long in people’s memories and was a very uplifting experience for everyone.