THE QUEEN was all smiles as she visited London’s Lincoln’s Inn with Prince Andrew.
The monarch, in a magenta coat, opened the new Ashworth Centre and re-open the recently renovated Great Hall at the legal headquarters. She took a tour of the building after meeting leading figures. And stepping out in the London sunshine she was pictured with a huge grin on her face. The monarch was joined by the Duke of York, a Royal Bencher of the Inn, who gave her a tour of the premises and will join her in opening Ashworth Centre, a teaching facility for students and newly qualified barristers.
However, journalists at the scene said she was left with a slightly quizzical look on her face after being shown an unusual portrait of her sister Princess Margaret.
The painting from 1970 by Bryan Organ shows the princess wearing a crown, along with a black cloak and a dark background.
Princess Margaret was a former Royal Bencher at the Lincoln’s Inn.
During the visit, the Queen and Andrew met people involved in the building’s construction as well as students, scholars and staff from the educational department.
Kitchen staff were beaming as they anticipated the Queen’s arrival.
After the tour, the royals stood at the top of the ceremonial steps to mark the reopening of the recently rennovated Great Hall.
Built in 1845, the Great Hall marks the physical and symbolic centrepiece of Lincolns Inn.
The hall was opened by Queen Victoria on 30 October 1845.
In a touching moment, a young royal fan presented the Queen with a bouquet of flowers at the end of the visit.
The Queen smiled as she accepted the gift, thanking the girl for her heartwarming gesture.
The Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary planted a walnut tree in the north lawn of Lincoln Inn in 1945, marking Lincolns Inn’s 100th anniversary.
Her Majesty’s last visited the inn in 1967.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK