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Queen opens new hospital wing

The Queen officially opened the south wing of Altnagelvin Hospital

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have opened a new £33m hospital wing and visited a high school during a trip to County Londonderry.

The royal couple first visited Lisneal College in Derry where they were greeted by a brass band.

The Queen then officially opened the new south wing of Altnagelvin Hospital before visiting several wards.

She was such a hit when she toured the maternity ward that a new mother decided to name her baby after her.

Maya Mullan, who weighed in at a healthy 8.5lb when she was born on Tuesday, will be registered as Maya 'Elizabeth' Mullan.

Proud mother Paula decided on the extra name for her third daughter in recognition of her being introduced to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during the visit to Altnagelvin.

Young children from nearby primary schools waving Union flags had waited in the rain outside Lisneal College to greet the royal couple.

Her Majesty was greeted by Dr Donal Keegan OBE, lord lieutenant of the county borough of Londonderry.


The visitors were shown some of the novel features of the college including a fully functioning dental surgery and a biometric payment system in the school canteen.

The college, which has an enrolment of about 1,000 students, is set on a 22-acre site and is the result of a £17m investment.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness visited various departments in the school where they met staff and the students.

The Queen accepted an invitation to unveil a plaque commemorating the visit and Rachael Devine, head girl and Robert Macbeth, head boy, presented gifts of a replica cannon and a posy of flowers.

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