Speech by The Queen at the Opening of the Queensferry Crossing
4 September 2017
In declaring open the south side of the Queensferry Crossing and then travelling along the bridge, I was reminded that today’s ceremony takes place exactly 53 years since that memorable day when I opened its predecessor, the Forth Road Bridge, which has served Scotland so well during more than half a century.
The three magnificent structures we see here – spanning three centuries – are all feats of modern engineering and a tribute to the talents, vision and remarkable skills of those who designed and built them.
The Queensferry Crossing joins its iconic and historic neighbours to create not only a breathtaking sight over the Firth of Forth, but to provide an important link for so many in this community, and the surrounding areas.
First Minister, The Duke of Edinburgh and I are delighted to be able to join you, and the people of Scotland, to celebrate this extraordinary achievement.