The Queen, and the Duke of Edinburgh opened the new headquarters of the Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard, Victoria Embankment in London on July 13th. This engagement was rescheduled after the Westminster Attacks.
Upon arrival, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were greeted by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey. They proceeded past a display of police vehicles and two police horses into the building where they viewed a selection of historical items, including a WWII uniform of a female PC and an operational order for the Coronation. The Queen and Duke also watched a demonstration of a bomb disposal robot.
The Queen and Duke then proceeded to the 8th floor where they met officers demonstrating “A day in the life of the Met”, featuring search dogs and uniformed staff – including a dog handler, forensic specialist and a special constable. They were shown items on display including plans of a crime scene and seized weapons, before moving to the balcony to view the Thames and Westminster skyline.
The Queen and Duke attended a reception for staff, including representatives from amongst those who provided the immediate, investigative and support response to the terrorism incidents in Westminster and Southwark. On returning to the ground floor, the Commissioner said a few words of thanks, the Queen unveiled a plaque, and received a posy before departing.
The Queen wore a floral dress with a bright yellow coat and hat, pairing her customary Three Strand Pearl Necklace with the Singapore Peranakan Diamond Jubilee Brooch. The Duke of Edinburgh wore a navy suit with a blue tie.