On Tuesday 9th July 2019, HM The Queen visited Cambridge for a day of engagements.
In the morning, Her Majesty visited the National Institute of Agricultural Biology and viewed an exhibition celebrating 100 years of crop research. She was escorted by NIAB director Dr Tina Barsby on a tour of the facility. King George V and Queen Mary, were the first members of the Royal Family to visit NIAB in 1921 where Queen Mary planted a Mulberry tree. The Queen planted a Hornbeam Tree and was presented with a bowl made from the tree which Queen Mary planted.
For her next engagement, The Queen visited Queens’ College, where she is Patron. She was received by Lord Eatwell, President of the College, and met staff and students over lunch. The Queen was introduced to the President elect, Dr Mohamed A. El-Erian who takes office in October.
In the afternoon, Her Majesty officially opened the new Royal Papworth Hospital at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Professor John Wallwork, Chairman of Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Stephen Posey, Chief Executive of Royal Papworth Hospital were on hand as The Queen met with staff and patients during her visit as well as seeing some of the state-of-the-art facilities at the world-leading heart and lung hospital.