VIDEO: Queen opens new Norfolk Hospice Tapping House complex at Hillington

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The Queen has officially opened the new Norfolk Hospice Tapping House facility at Hillington this morning.

Dozens of invited guests and a small crowd of wellwishers greeted the monarch as she arrived to formally unveil the £3.4 million complex.

The Official Opening of The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House at Hillington by, Her Majesty The Queen on Thursday 4th February 2016 ANL-160402-132041009

The Official Opening of The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House at Hillington by, Her Majesty The Queen on Thursday 4th February 2016 ANL-160402-132041009

The hospice’s chief executive, Lyndsay Carter, who guided the Queen on her tour of the site, said: “It was wonderful to welcome Her Majesty to the Hospice and to be recognised for what we are achieving here.

“Since moving to Hillington we have seen a 75 per cent increase in the number of patients we care for and are able to provide even more highly specialist care than ever before for people living in the local area with complex life-shortening illnesses.

“We are now working towards developing our services further so that we can reach even more people in the future, with particular focus on getting the badly needed inpatient unit up and running.

“We are only able to do this thanks to the continued support of the public who provide 90 per cent of our funding.”

Watched by Lorna Vyse (centre) from Nelson's Journey, Jack Plummer presents Queen Elizabeth II with two teddy bears as a gift for her great grandchildren, George and Charlotte. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Watched by Lorna Vyse (centre) from Nelson's Journey, Jack Plummer presents Queen Elizabeth II with two teddy bears as a gift for her great grandchildren, George and Charlotte. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Queen was greeted by Patricia Broke, chairman of the hospice’s trustees, and met Valerie and Diana Ford, the wife and daughter of the hospice’s founder, Dr Hugh Ford, as well as one of its founding members, Pin Armitage.

She also spent time with day therapy patients who were taking part in one of the many sessions the hospice provides to help people cope with their illnesses.

Christine Hutson presented a plant to the Queen from the hospice’s patient therapeutic gardening group, while Jack Plummer and his grandmother, Rachel Walker, presented Nelson’s Journey worry bears for Prince George and Princess Charlotte in recognition of the support they have received from both organisations.

Among the crowds waiting outside was Diana Briars, from Flitcham, who enjoyed the occasion with her four-year-old daughter, Kayleigh before she headed to nursery in Dersingham for the afternoon.

Queen Elizabeth II talks to patient Christina Hutson (left), watched by staff members Emma Shaw (second left) and Nicola Child, during a visit to The Norfolk Hospice at Hillington, near King's Lynn. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 4, 2016. The Queen met patients, trustees, volunteers and medical professionals working at the hospice, which has been serving its local community - close to her Sandringham Estate - for over 30 years. See PA story ROYAL Hospice. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II talks to patient Christina Hutson (left), watched by staff members Emma Shaw (second left) and Nicola Child, during a visit to The Norfolk Hospice at Hillington, near King's Lynn. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 4, 2016. The Queen met patients, trustees, volunteers and medical professionals working at the hospice, which has been serving its local community - close to her Sandringham Estate - for over 30 years. See PA story ROYAL Hospice. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

She said: “We just heard she was coming so we came to have a look.”

Regular royal follower Susie Crockett, from Dersingham, said: “I support the work of the hospice and it’s always lovely to see the Queen.

“I’ll be sad when she goes back next week. When she arrives (for Christmas) it feels like she’s coming home.”

Queen Elizabeth II signs the Visitors' Book during a visit to The Norfolk Hospice at Hillington, near King's Lynn. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 4, 2016. The Queen met patients, trustees, volunteers and medical professionals working at the hospice, which has been serving its local community - close to her Sandringham Estate - for over 30 years. See PA story ROYAL Hospice. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II signs the Visitors' Book during a visit to The Norfolk Hospice at Hillington, near King's Lynn. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 4, 2016. The Queen met patients, trustees, volunteers and medical professionals working at the hospice, which has been serving its local community - close to her Sandringham Estate - for over 30 years. See PA story ROYAL Hospice. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Lyndsay Carter (partially hidden) CEO of the Norfolk Hospice, introduces Queen Elizabeth II to volunteer gardeners (from third left) Marianne Charles, Paul Davey, Alan Twite and Michael Moore during her visit to the hospice in Kings Lynn. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Lyndsay Carter (partially hidden) CEO of the Norfolk Hospice, introduces Queen Elizabeth II to volunteer gardeners (from third left) Marianne Charles, Paul Davey, Alan Twite and Michael Moore during her visit to the hospice in Kings Lynn. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Official Opening of The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House at Hillington by, Her Majesty The Queen on Thursday 4th February 2016 ANL-160402-132235009

The Official Opening of The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House at Hillington by, Her Majesty The Queen on Thursday 4th February 2016 ANL-160402-132235009

The Official Opening of The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House at Hillington by, Her Majesty The Queen on Thursday 4th February 2016 ANL-160402-132053009

The Official Opening of The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House at Hillington by, Her Majesty The Queen on Thursday 4th February 2016 ANL-160402-132053009

The Official Opening of The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House at Hillington by, Her Majesty The Queen on Thursday 4th February 2016 ANL-160402-132258009

The Official Opening of The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House at Hillington by, Her Majesty The Queen on Thursday 4th February 2016 ANL-160402-132258009