Queen Elizabeth II continues Diamond Jubilee tour in Manchester

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Queen Elizabeth II holds flowers as she is greeted by well-wishers outside Media City in Salford, on March 23, 2012 in Greater Manchester, north-west England. The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh visited Manchester where she officially opened hospitals, toured the new BBC building at MetroCity and officially started a Sport Relief Mile fun run. (Photo by Andrew Yates - WPA Pool/Getty Images) WPA Pool

Queen Elizabeth II holds flowers as she is greeted by well-wishers outside Media City in Salford, on March 23, 2012, in Greater Manchester, England.
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(CBS News) Queen Elizabeth II continued her Diamond Jubilee tour Friday with a visit to the English city of Manchester.

The monarch was accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, for the trip, marking her 60-year reign on the British throne.

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After arriving at Manchester's Victoria Station on the royal train, the queen and duke officially opened Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Saint Mary's Hospital and a new wing at Manchester Royal Infirmary, the BBC reports. They met staff and patients and listened to a musical work commissioned by the Royal Northern College of Music.

The 85-year-old queen, wearing a pink ensemble by Angela Kelly, also officially opened the MediaCityUK complex at Salford Quays, where BBC North has its headquarters, and launched a Sport Relief Mile fun run.

She was given a tour of the complex, including a stop at the Children's TV studios. There, a puppetry performance was given by the characters Hacker T Dog and Dodge T Dog (Phil Fletcher and Warrick Brownlow-Pike, respectively), who present links between the children's shows.

"We thought you might bring the corgis with you?" Hacker T Dog said - before the puppeteers appeared from beneath the desk with a bow, according to the BBC.

"That's very good, isn't it?" the monarch reportedly said.

She and Philip also attended a lunch at Manchester Town Hall, hosted by the city's mayor, and viewed a Jubilee Garden unveiled in her honor.

The next stop on the queen's Diamond Jubilee tour will be on March 29, in North London.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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