Past and Future Meet as Queen and Duke Mark University's Centenary

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will take a look at the past and a peek into the future when they visit the Midlands on Friday.

The Royal party will visit Birmingham University for a special ceremony to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Later in the day the Queen will officially open the showcase New Art Gallery in Walsall, which was opened to the public in February.

The visit is the first by the Queen to Walsall since 1994 when she opened the Probation centre in Midland Road, but it will be her third visit to the university in her ceremonial position of Visitor.

On this trip she will unveil a commemorative stone at the Great Hall of the Aston Webb Building, which has been created to mark the 100th anniversary of the university's foundation in 1900.

During the ceremony the Queen will sit on the same seat her great grandfather Edward VII used when he officially opened the university in 1908.

The Queen will then see some of the University's advanced work in archeology and chemical engineering, while the Duke of Edinburgh will see advanced manufacturing techniques made available to small companies at the Netshape Building.

The Duke will also visit the new indoor cricket centre set up by Warwickshire County Cricket Club in Edgbaston. …