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Queen welcomed to Hull during UK City of Culture visit

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Media captionThe Queen was greeted by hundreds of people, including City of Culture volunteers at Hull's railway station

Crowds of people have gathered at Hull station to greet the Queen as she visits the UK City of Culture.

Hundreds lined the platform and cheered as the royal train pulled into the city's railway station at 10:30 GMT.

The Queen received a posy from 11-year-old Islay Cunliffe-Lister and met City of Culture volunteers, members of the public and Lord Lieutenant of East Riding Susan Cunliffe-Lister.

She last visited the city eight years ago.

Image caption Islay Cunliffe-Lister, 11, prepares to give the Queen a posy as the royal visitor steps off the train
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As the Queen walked from the train to her waiting car, she collected dozens of flower bouquets and chatted to well-wishers.

The royal visitor then went on a tour of the city, first stopping at the Siemens Gamesa factory on Alexandra Dock before opening a new medical building at the University of Hull.

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Image caption The Queen received a tour of the Siemens Gamesa factory as part of her visit to Hull
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Hull's museums and attractions have notched up more than a million visits with hundreds of cultural events being staged since the year-long City of Culture celebrations began in January.

Among the cultural activities was a 250ft (75m) long wind turbine blade art installation in Queen Victoria Square, which was made at the Siemens Gamesa factory, where the Queen met staff and toured the production facility.

The Queen ended her trip with a tour of the university where she was welcomed by crowds of staff and students.

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Image caption Staff and students at Hull University cheered as the Queen arrived to open a medical centre
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Image caption Student Craig Millward, from Bridlington, sat in a simulated hospital ward bed wearing a gown pretending to be a patient as the Queen was given a demonstration on how medicines were managed in the Allam Medical Building

After opening the Allam Medical Building, which is in the centre of the university's £28m health campus, the Queen was shown around the centre's new medical training facilities, including a simulated operating theatre, intensive care unit and hospital ward.

She joked with student nurses as Craig Millward, from Bridlington, was given a glass a water to take fake drugs. She said to him: "I hope it's just water" and laughed with them.

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Image caption The Queen watches over a mock Caesarean operation in which a baby mannequin is being tended to in an operating theatre at the £28m university health campus

Vice-chancellor professor Susan Lea said it was "a great honour" to have the head of state visit the university and open the facility.

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