THE Queen will view preparations for the Commonwealth Games today as part of a week of engagements in Scotland.
The monarch will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh on a visit to Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall, where the uniform and accreditation centre for the 2014 Games is located.
The royal couple will hear about the future of the historic B-listed building on Argyle Street, which has had many incarnations over the years including music hall, Scottish basketball HQ and Museum of Transport.
As an international sports arena it hosted many athletics competitions including the 1990 European Athletics Indoor Championships and the Aviva International Match from 1988.
It is expected that around 50,000 people will come through its doors before the Games begin later this month.
The royal couple will meet volunteers and will be presented with a pass and a uniform memento of the visit, before departing to the city’s Emirates Arena, one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe.
There they will view construction of the badminton courts in the arena and meet the Scottish badminton group, before watching cyclists using the adjoining Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Named in honour of the UK’s most successful gold-medal winning Olympian and Scottish Commonwealth Games champion, the velodrome’s 250-metre track was designed by Ralph Schuermann, one of the world’s foremost track designers.
The Queen will meet those involved in the construction of the arena before attending a private lunch.
The royals will then travel to Cumnock in East Ayrshire, where they will be met by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, for a visit to Dumfries House.
They will tour the education, hospitality and traditional craft skills centres at the house and speak with students, before continuing to the walled garden, where the Queen will unveil a plaque sundial to mark the visit and officially open the garden.
The stately home and estate was purchased and a trust set up in 2007 following the intervention of the Prince of Wales.
Volunteers working to clear the site of rubbish and overgrowth in 2011 created a clear area around a 350-year-old sycamore tree which now stands in the centre of the garden.
Last year marked the completion of the restoration programme and several new educational facilities at Dumfries House, and also saw the first visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.