GALLERY: Queen visits Stevenage to open new Lister maternity unit

PUBLISHED: 14:03 14 June 2012

The Queen visited Lister Hospital in Stevenage this morning (Thursday) to officially open the new maternity unit

The Queen visited Lister Hospital in Stevenage this morning (Thursday) to officially open the new maternity unit

Archant

THE Queen officially opened the new maternity unit at Lister Hospital in Stevenage this morning (Thursday).

Arriving at 11.15am to a crowd of flag-waving people, from schoolchildren to pensioners, the Queen was greeted by dignitaries including Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland and Stevenage Borough Council leader Sharon Taylor.

She took a tour of the The Diamond Jubilee Maternity Unit, meeting staff and new parents and babies, before unveiling a plaque to officially open the new unit.

The Queen was presented by a hospital representative with a photograph of the Queen Mother when she was the Duchess of York, opening the York ward at the former Hitchin Maternity Hospital in 1929.

Kristen and Jamie Fisher introduced their seven-week-old twins, Mylie and Josie, to the Queen. Kristen said: “She asked how we were coping and said it must be very hard work and that they were beautiful.”

She added: “She commented on the buggy and said it looked like a good contraption.”

Emily Murray and her 16-week-old baby, Bethany, were decked out in red, white and blue to meet the Queen. Emily said: “She asked where we lived and how old Bethany was and how our experienced was on the unit - she seemed quite interested in that.”

She added: “She’s absolutely beautiful. She just looked so elegant in her outfit.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

More news stories

51 minutes ago

A Letchworth girl who did not miss a single day of school throughout seven years has received a special attendance award at her end-of-year assembly.

Yesterday, 19:00

Campaigners are stepping up their fight to protect The Station pub in Knebworth after plans were submitted to North Herts District Council which would see flats built all around it.

Yesterday, 17:56

Tributes have been paid to much-loved former Baldock police officer and charity chairman Peter Foxworthy, who has died at the age of 70.

Yesterday, 17:14

The parents of missing Andrew McGuinn have appealed for him to let them know he is safe.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Comet e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter