Queen Elizabeth has officially opened Melbourne’s new billion-dollar Royal Children’s Hospital, as part of her whirlwind visit to the city.

The Queen and Prince Phillip also received a tumultous welcome as they walked through Federation Square in the city centre.

Nicholas Chin reports.


The Queen and Prince Phillip were given a warm reception and once again perfect weather.

They arrived at Melbourne Airport from Canberra, where they opened the new billion-dollar Royal Children’s Hospital.

She was greeted by separated conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna.

The five-year-old Bangladesh sisters were separated in the current Royal Children’s Hospital, the same hospital the Queen opened fifty years ago.

After opening the hospital, the Queen strolled through Melbourne’s Federation Square where tens of thousands of people came out to get a glimpse of the royal pair.

She was then accompanied on a refurbished Royal Tram by Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu and his wife, where they took a ride down St Kilda Road to a state reception at Government House.

At the end of the day, the Queen and Prince Phillip boarded their private jet to Perth ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting tomorrow.

Nicholas Chin, QUT News.