Saturday, 8 June 2013


ABOVE: The Queen at the opening of the new BBC HQ. Her Majesty revealed that she is a fan of EastEnders
It’s a great day for the BBC. It’s about time the BBC had a great day.
Sir Bruce Forsyth
8th June 2013

By Gary Nicks

THE Queen officially opened the BBC’s new £1billion HQ yesterday and revealed she is a fan of EastEnders.

Her Maj let slip her fondness for Albert Square during a tour around the revamped Broadcasting House, where staff lined up to cheer her arrival.

With Prince Philip, 91, just a few hundred yards away in a London hospital, it was a solo visit.

But the Queen, 87, smiled away as she chatted with stars including veterans Sir Bruce Forsyth, 85, and David Dimbleby, 74.

She marked the occasion by addressing the nation on radio.

Then she dropped into Radio 1’s Live Lounge to hear The Voice’s Danny O’Donoghue, 32, perform with his band The Script.

There was excitement from the EastEnders team when Her Maj revealed she watches the soap.

Strictly Come Dancing host Sir Bruce said after meeting her: “It’s a great day for the BBC. It’s about time the BBC had a great day.”

Meanwhile, the Duke of Edinburgh, 91, was recovering at the London Clinic after an exploratory operation on his abdomen.

He is expected to stay in hospital for two weeks.