The Queen visits New Brighton

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the Floral Pavilion and Marine Point

After a visit to the new Museum of Liverpool, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness travelled through the Mersey Tunnel to the newly redeveloped New Brighton waterfront.

They visited the Floral Pavilion Theatre and Conference Centre; the flagship project in New Brighton's three year regeneration project.

Recently the new hotel and supermarket have opened, with a new cinema and restaurant opening this week.

During the visit The Queen unveiled a plaque to commemorate the visit and met representatives from Neptune to find out more about the work that has been undertaken in the area.

Heart's Andy Downton was there

The Queen visits New Brighton

During the visit the Queen and Duke were introduced to scouse comic Ken Dodd who was performing at the theatre that night.

The 83-year-old funnyman replied: "We were hoping you would stay for the show"

'Doddy' then showed the duke a golden water rat badge, the emblem of the Grand Order of Water Rats, a charitable organisation run by people in show business.

The couple watched a short dance performance by pupils from St Mary's Catholic College in Wallasey.

The show, called Save The Last Dance For Me, involved 15 students from year 12 and was set to chart-topping Adele's Someone Like You and Ed Sheeran's A Team.

Head of arts Alison Keen said: "The students were very nervous and excited in the run-up to today but everything went well and we couldn't be more pleased.

"The Queen seemed to enjoy it and was very gracious afterwards."

Around 90 armed forces personnel and members of local voluntary groups joined the couple for lunch in the theatre's Panoramic Lounge.