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Queens Dimaond Jubilee

New Premier Information Library Opening

Where once the Queen Mother Library was is now a £57 million new premier information library, part of the University of Aberdeen is to be officially opened by The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The new library started construction in 2009, houses more than one million books along with collections of rare historic manuscripts.

Her majesty will be introduced to the buildings architects, donors and the members of staff and to follow a plaque will be unveiled by Her Majesty herself this Monday. Following that The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will travel to Marischal College, originally opened by King Edward V11 in 1906, to have a tour of the building, meet the staffs who work there, and to view an exhibition showing archive footage before unveiling a plaque.

Cllr George Adam, Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeen City, said: “I and everyone in Aberdeen will be delighted and honoured to welcome Her Majesty to the city to visit the magnificent Marischal College and the University of Aberdeen’s impressive new library building.

“Marischal College was opened in 1906 by her great-grandfather and it is very fitting that Her Majesty will visit the newly regenerated building 106 years on in this, her Diamond Jubilee year.”

Also this week The Queen has purchased a series of 4 iconic prints by cult pop artist Andy Warhol.  The prints are of The Queen herself which were designed to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. They will be display for the first time in Windsor Castle later this year.

The photographs used of The Queen were taken by photographer Peter Grugeon in April 1975 which was then later released for use during the Silver Jubilee in 1977.

The four images form part of a portfolio named Reigning Queens which is based on pre-existing photographs of the monarch and three of her counterparts, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland.

Just last week another set from the same edition was estimated to fetch £150,000 at an auction by Sotherby’s.

The prints will be part of the exhibition ‘The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch’ which will be at Windsor Castle from November 23rd until June 2013.