Queen officially opens New Scotland Yard
The Queen officially opened New Scotland Yard this morning.
The Met’s new headquarters has undergone a full refit and security upgrade following the move to Victoria Embankment.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh met Commissioner Cressida Dick and Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey, before viewing a selection of historical items from the Met’s archive, including a WWII uniform of a female PC and an operational order for the Coronation.
They watched a demonstration of a bomb disposal robot by the Met’s Explosives Officers before meeting officers and staff from across the force, including a dog handler and a forensic specialist.
The Queen then unveiled a plaque to commemorate the official opening of the building.
Commissioner Dick, said: “On behalf of the Met I am very grateful to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh for opening our new headquarters today. Of course, this event was originally planned for the day after the terrible Westminster attacks. Since then London has had to cope with a number of tragic events and we appreciate the support of many, including the Royal Family, during these difficult times.
“We are so pleased to be able to celebrate an important moment in the Metropolitan Police’s history today with The Queen and Prince Philip. This new building, in the heart of Westminster and close to the Met’s founding location, incorporates the proud past, present and future of policing in the Capital.”