Royal stamp of approval as HM The Queen visits i54
They produce millions of stamps bearing her image every year – but today staff at an historic firm were actually coming face to face with The Queen.
Her Majesty was visiting International Security Printers on Wolverhampton's i54 business park, along with the new £500 million Jaguar Land Rover engine factory.
Joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, she was taking a behind-the-scenes look at both firms in her first visit to the city since 1994. The Queen was cutting the ribbon at JLR and officially opening ISP, which has moved its headquarters to the i54 from Walsall.
Managing director Paul White said staff could not wait for the Royal visit. "We're absolutely delighted that she's presiding over the opening of the facility," he said. "Our staff have been tremendously excited and we've been making preparations so that everything is perfect."
The Queen last visited the area two years ago when she went to RAF Cosford for her Diamond Jubilee, with 30,000 people flocking to see her.
Today's visit was a private engagement to both businesses.
She was also meeting schoolchildren at JLR and unveiling commemorative plaques.
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