Queen’s visit to Warwickshire proves a huge success

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THOUSANDS of people lined the streets to welcome the Queen to the county on Friday.

The Monarch arrived in Leamington in a burgundy Bentley to open the £30 million Warwickshire Justice Centre, the only building in the country to house crown and magistrates courts, police, probation and other criminal justice services under one roof.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were greeted by the Lord Chief Justice Martin Dunne, before going inside to meet workers including members of Leamington CID, the coroner and custody staff, probation officers and even a victim of crime, before seeing a magistrates court and opening one of the crown courtrooms.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh then delighted the thousands of people who had travelled to the town from across the county - including Rugby - by going on a ‘walkabout’.

Wearing a pink coat, with matching pink and black hat and a black handbag and gloves, the Queen spent several minutes talking to children and adults and accepted numerous bunches of flowers.

The Royal party then drove on to Stratford to visit the refurbished Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Warwickshire Police said the operation they put in place for the royal visit had been an outstanding success.

More than 400 members of the Warwickshire Police workforce, supported by colleagues from West Mercia, West Midlands, Staffordshire and Leicestershire took part in the operation.

Chief Superintendent Neil Hewison, who led the policing operation for the royal visit, said: “It has been a real honour for Warwickshire Police to deliver this operation for the royal visit. This has been a tremendous day for the county of Warwickshire.

“Warwickshire Police is extremely proud of the successful policing operation put in place to ensure the success, safety and security of the visit and we hope all those who attended in both Leamingotn and Stratford had an enjoyable time.

“It is with huge thanks to the local communities, our regional police colleagues and local partners that this operation has been such a success.”