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The Queen gives a speech at the opening of the Queensferry Crossing

Published 4 September 2017

In declaring open the south side of the Queensferry Crossing and then travelling along the bridge, I was reminded that today’s ceremony takes place exactly 53 years since that memorable day when I opened its predecessor, the Forth Road Bridge, which has served Scotland so well during more than half a century.

            The three magnificent structures we see here – spanning three centuries - are all feats of modern engineering and a tribute to the talents, vision and remarkable skills of those who designed and built them. 

            The Queensferry Crossing joins its iconic and historic neighbours to create not only a breathtaking sight over the Firth of Forth, but to provide an important link that will improve the lives of everyone who lives in this community, and the surrounding areas. 

First Minister, The Duke of Edinburgh and I are delighted to be able to join you, and the people of Scotland, to celebrate this extraordinary achievement.