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This just in: The queen! Elizabeth visits BBC

June 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM ET

Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to officially open the headquarters of the BBC's new Broadcasting House in central London on Friday.
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Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to officially open the headquarters of the BBC's new Broadcasting House in central London on Friday.

The BBC’s newly rebuilt headquarters received the royal treatment on Friday with a visit from Queen Elizabeth II as part of the building’s official opening ceremony in London.

She even popped up on a broadcast, making an impromptu appearance as a pair of news anchors looked on in a photo tweeted out by the BBC.

The queen took a tour of the BBC’s refurbished digs and also conducted a radio interview with the BBC which was broadcast globally, in which she noted how much the company has changed since she became queen in 1953. She also took in a performance by the Irish band The Script.

The queen noted how much the BBC has changed since her first visit nearly 75 years ago during a live radio interview on the BBC that was broadcasted globally on Friday.
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The queen noted how much the BBC has changed since her first visit nearly 75 years ago during a live radio interview on the BBC that was broadcasted globally on Friday.
Queen Elizabeth also took in a performance by the Irish band The Script in the BBC's "Live Lounge."
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Queen Elizabeth also took in a performance by the Irish band The Script in the BBC's "Live Lounge."

This was the sixth visit to the BBC by the queen during her reign, the first of which came nearly 75 years ago.

Her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was originally scheduled to join her on the tour but entered the hospital on Thursday for a planned surgery to investigate abdominal abnormalities that had been discovered in the previous week.

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