Queen and Duke of Cambridge at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

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The Queen was joined by the Duke of Cambridge as she visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in Salisbury on October 15th, to formally open the new Energetics Analysis Centre – a state-of-the-art building dedicated to scientific research and analysis to protect the UK against terrorist and criminal threats relating to explosives. The Queen and Duke met members of the military who were directly involved in the Novichok incident, to whom the Duke presented the Firmin Sword of Peace to representatives of 102 Logistic Brigade. They also viewed a demonstration of a Forensic Explosives Investigation and meet staff employed in Counter Terrorism and Security as well as meeting scientists providing vital support to the UK response of the COVID-19 pandemic, working in analytic research areas and deploying microbiologists to NHS hospitals to increase testing capacities. This was the Queen’s first official engagement outside of a Royal Residence since the start of the pandemic in March.

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