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Prince Philip's Birthday visit to Design Museum

The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Design Museum on Tuesday, his 82nd birthday.

The Royal visit was part of a special day devoted to promoting tourism. The Queen and Prince Philip began the day at Windsor by visiting Legoland. In the evening they hosted a reception for the tourist trade at Buckingham Palace.

Whilst the Prince was in SE1 the Queen was visiting the new Museum in Docklands near Canary Wharf.

The visit to the Design Museum was expected to be a boost for attractions at the east end of the SE1 riverfront at a time when Southwark Council has downgraded its commitment to tourism. Southwark Tourist Information Centre is now closed and up for sale.
The Duke was expected to arrive at 3pm. Two hours earlier at 1pm a birthday gun salute was fired across the Pool of London from the Tower of London.

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