Royal visit

Tue 4 August 2015, 4:14 pm

Thousands gathered on the streets of Barking and Dagenham in July to welcome The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on an official visit.

As part of the celebrations to mark the borough’s 50th birthday, the head of state and her husband visited venues throughout the borough.

The Queen officially opened The Abbey Leisure Centre, Chadwell Heath Community Centre and the Kingsley Building at the Sydney Royal Comprehensive School on 16 July. 

A performance by the Dagenham Girl Pipers formed part of the celebrations at the community centre and the royal couple joined in French and German language classes and watched a polo match at the comprehensive school.

They also attended a lunch at The Broadway Theatre, to officially mark 50 years since the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham was established. 

Leader of Barking and Dagenham, Councillor Darren Rodwell, said: “It was a real honour to welcome her majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh to the borough. 

“I am so proud her majesty chose to come to visit the borough and I am proud of the warm welcome our amazing residents gave to the royal couple.

“The thousands which lined the streets reflect our wonderfully diverse borough and Britain.  Today Barking and Dagenham was the pride of London.”

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