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Royal visit for SMG

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have paid a visit to the Scottish Media Group headquarters on a trip to the Highlands.

The Royal couple toured the new £17m HQ, which has been home to the Glasgow Evening Times, and also The Herald, for the past year. She had earlier opened the £75m Science Centre on the banks of the Clyde.

The Royal party was welcomed by SMG chairman Don Cruickshank and chief executive Andrew Flanagan.

The Queen visited the Evening Times and Herald, while Prince Philip was taken on a tour of the Scottish Television newsroom, the offices of the Sunday Herald and SMG’s internet division.

Evening Times editor Charles McGhee showed the Queen round the busy newsroom, and she also made her own headlines as she was presented with a specially-created front page which she had seen being put together.

Mr McGhee said: “It was a great honour to welcome the Queen to the Evening Times and show her how Scotland’s biggest and busiest evening newspaper is produced.

“Using the latest digital technology we were able to demonstrate how a picture of the Queen arriving was prepared for the front page of a special edition of the newspaper in just a few minutes.”

First Minister Henry McLeish, Chief Constable Willie Rae and Glasgow’s Lord Provost, and Alex Mosson, the Lord Lieutenant, accompanied the Royal party.

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