On the 9th September 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marked two landmark occasions. Firstly, she travelled by steam train from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank to officially open the newly formed Borders railway network.

Borders-Steam-Train

This 30 mile stretch of line linking the Scottish Borders to Edinburgh cost £294 million to construct and is expected to carry over 650,000 passengers each year. With the creation of ten new stations it has opened up the Scottish Borders to those who cannot or do not like to drive, and is expected to be a great bonus in bringing tourists to this wonderful part of Scotland.

Waiting for the Queen at Tweedbank Station. Image - Antony Sherlock

Waiting for the Queen at Tweedbank Station. Image – Antony Sherlock

Secondly, she was creating history in her own right, or in her own reign you could say, as she over-took her great-great-grand-mother Queen Victoria, by becoming the longest reigning monarch in history. When the 89-year-old monarch made her speech to the crowd, she alluded to this historic length of reign saying it was “not one to which I have ever aspired”. Having been lucky enough to attend this ceremony, where Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland was also in attendance, please view some more of the images (see below) from this special day.

The phrase - she is in blue - went round the crowd. Image - Antony Sherlock

The phrase – she is in blue – went round the crowd. Image – Antony Sherlock

 

Children from Busy Bees in Melrose. Image - Antony Sherlock

Children from Busy Bees in Melrose. Image – Antony Sherlock

 

Queen Elizabeth II in the Scottish Borders. Image - Antony Sherlock

Queen Elizabeth II in the Scottish Borders. Image – Antony Sherlock

 

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. Image - Antony Sherlock

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. Image – Antony Sherlock

 

The opening ceremony at Tweedbank Station. Image - Antony Sherlock

The opening ceremony at Tweedbank Station. Image – Antony Sherlock

 

The royal wave on departure. Image - Antony Sherlock

The royal wave on departure. Image – Antony Sherlock

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