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Last Updated: Friday, 14 March 2008, 16:41 GMT
Queen opens new Heathrow terminal

Queen at Heathrow

The Queen has declared Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 ready for business, hailing it "as a 21st Century gateway to Britain". It will open to passengers on 27 March.

Terminal 5. Photo via Newscast

The terminal was designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership (now Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners), and will be used exclusively by British Airways. Photo: BAA

Queen shakes hands with people

The opening ceremony was attended by hundreds of airport and construction workers, many of whom had been involved in the major development.

Queen speaks at ceremony

The Queen congratulated the workers, saying they can be "rightly proud of the highly impressive building that embodies many achievements".

Armed police officer

The royal visit came less than 24 hours after an intruder with a rucksack scaled the airport's perimeter fence and ran into the path of an aircraft, sparking a major security alert.

Inside Terminal 5

Construction has cost more than 4bn; the terminal took thousands of workers six years to build.

Terminal 5. Photo via Newscast

Terminal 5 consists of three buildings - the main terminal plus two satellites, Terminals 5B and 5C - linked by an automated transit system. (Photo: BAA)

The Concorde Room. Photo via Newscast

The Concorde Room is available for first class passengers... (Photo: BAA)

The Concorde Room. Photo via Newscast

...and includes private dining booths under the crystal chandeliers. (Photo: BAA)

Terminal 5

The new terminal will accommodate 30 million passengers each year. BAA says the check-in process has been simplified and baggage dropping facilities made faster.

Inside Terminal 5

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