Cranes bow in regal welcome
THE historic cranes on the Harbourside greeted the Queen by "bowing" as she arrived to visit the M shed for lunch.
The relics of an industrial age on the waterfront lowered their huge arms as Her Majesty arrived to a joyous welcome.
Accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, they were given a warm welcome at a civic reception at the museum as part of their all-day visit to Bristol.
Around 150 guests and dignitaries attended the reception drawn from a cross-section of Bristol businesses, community groups and cultural organisations.
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Greeting the Queen on her arrival were MPs Dawn Primarolo, Stephen Williams and Charlotte Leslie, Bristol Mayor George Ferguson, council chief executive Graham Sims, newly-elected Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and director of Bristol museums Julie Finch.
Once inside, Her Majesty was treated to a performance of The Bristol Song by schoolchildren from four Bristol schools: Westbury- on-Trym Academy, St Nicholas of Tolentine Primary School, Merchants Academy and St Teresa's Primary School.
After lunch at the museum, the Queen emerged on the red carpet to around 200 well-wishers who had been braving the wind and rain.
Pressed up against the bunting-clad railings, frantically waving their flags, they cheered as Her Majesty gave a royal wave.
Susan Hart, 73, who lives in Redcliffe, joined the crowds to catch her second glimpse of the Queen after waiting outside the Old Vic earlier in the day.
She said: "I saw her when I was ten years old when she came to Bristol.
"I've also seen her at Buckingham Palace when my husband was awarded a CBE for services to physics.
"I have to say though that today she looked beautiful. She looks far better in real life than on TV."