Royal opening for Queensferry Crossing

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HM The Queen will officially open the Queensferry Crossing on Septmber 4.

It will mark 53 years to the day from when she opened the nearby Forth Road Bridge.

The opening ceremony will see a series of events held on both sides of the bridge, including a welcome address from the First Minister; a blessing by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; a specially commissioned poem read by Scotland’s Makar; and live musical performances.

A welcome address by the First Minister

The new bridge opens to traffic for the first time on August 30, but will then close September 2 and 3 for the Queensferry Crossing Experience, when 50,000 members of the public have the unique opportunity to walk across the bridge – following a ballot that attracted almost 250,000 entries.

An additional community day has been added on September 5 to give around 10,000 people from local schools and community groups on both sides of the Forth the chance to walk the bridge.

From September 6, the bridge will re-open to traffic with no pedestrian access.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It is very fitting that the Queensferry Crossing will be officially opened by The Queen, exactly 53 years to the day from when she opened the Forth Road Bridge. Importantly, this celebratory event will recognise the thousands of people who have been involved in the construction of the new bridge.

“The Queensferry Crossing is a symbol of a confident, forward-looking Scotland and – as well as providing a vital transport connection for many years to come – it is a truly iconic structure and a feat of modern engineering.

“The Queensferry Crossing Experience attracted huge interest from across Scotland and beyond, demonstrating the widespread excitement and pride in the bridge. I am pleased that we are able to respond to that demand with an extra day being set aside for pedestrian access so that more people from the local area, particularly young people, can enjoy this historic occasion.”

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “Scotland will celebrate a moment in history on 4 September as the Queensferry Crossing is officially opened by HM The Queen. At this unique moment, the country will become the world’s first destination to have three bridges spanning three centuries in one stunning location.

“It is a time to not only celebrate Scotland as a nation of pioneering innovation, design and engineering, but also give thanks all those who have worked tirelessly to create this unique new structure.

“People are fascinated worldwide by bridges, whether it’s for their beauty, grandeur or breath-taking engineering prowess. The addition of the Queensferry Crossing consolidates the Forth Bridges as global icons of Scotland and we look forward to showcasing all three awe-inspiring structures to the world for many years to come.”