VIDEO - Queen visits Forth Road Bridge

The Queen unveiled a plaque at the Forth Road Bridge in South Queensferry today (Friday) to mark the bridge’s 50th anniversary year.

Despite rain, crowds of local people turned out to greet both her and the Duke of Edinburgh when they arrived at the bridge’s office block just before 11am.

HM The Queen visits Forth Road Bridge

HM The Queen visits Forth Road Bridge

She was met by bridgemaster Barry Colford, who introduced Her Majesty to Councillors Lesley Hinds and Tony Martin, convenor and vice-convener of the Forth Estuary Transport Authority, which is responsible for the bridge.

She then was introduced to former soldiers of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), who formed a guard of honour when the Queen opened the bridge back in 1964.

She then met long-serving bridge workers Alex Rennie, painter, (37 years), Chris Ronxin, rigger (34 years), Stewart Milne, general operative, (25 years), Wayne Forrest, assistant bridge inspector (24 years) and George Elliot, bridge inspector (24 years).

Cllr Hinds made a short speech before the Queen unveiled the plaque, which is situated looking out over the Forth and the Forth bridges.

Eight year old Charlotte Waite presented her with a bouquet and with that, it was time to move on and head over the bridge to Rosyth where she later launched the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier, HM Queen Elizabeth.