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  • Her Majesty The Queen arrives at Turner Contemporary. Here with Chair John Kampfner and Director Victoria Pomery.
    Photo © Alastair Fyfe
  • Well wishers wait to greet Her Majesty
    Photo © Alastair Fyfe 
  • The Clarendon and Chatham school band play for Hery Majesty
    Photo © Alastair Fyfe
  • Her Majesty The Queen arrives at Turner Contemporary and is greeted by Chair John Kampfner and Director Victoria Pomery Photo © Alastair Fyfe
  • Her Majesty is introduced to architect of Turner Contemporary Sir David Chipperfield Photo © Alastair Fyfe
  • Her Majesty meets artist Tracey Emin Photo © Alastair Fyfe
  • HRH The Duke of Edinburgh with Director Victoria Pomery and artist Tracey Emin Photo © Alastair Fyfe
  • Her Majesty unveils a plaque to commemorate the special visit at Turner Contemporary Photo © Alastair Fyfe
Today, Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited Turner Contemporary.

An honour for the gallery, this historic moment came after a hugely successful first seven months, which has seen Turner Contemporary welcome over 300,000 visitors.

Her Majesty The Queen met with gallery Director Victoria Pomery, Chair John Kampfner and key members of staff. She was taken on a tour of the gallery, where she was introduced to guests including artist Tracey Emin, architect Sir David Chipperfield, and Deputy Director of Tate Alex Beard.
The Royal couple met with the young winners of our Page Turner competition, whose works hang in the gallery, pupils from Northdown Primary School and Hartsdown Technology College who were involved in activities in the Clore Learning Studio, and participants from our current and past community projects; Artworks, Blank Canvas, Cultural Ambassadors, The Great Art Quest, Generate and Art of Sound, as well as our Youth Navigators.
During the visit, Her Majesty unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion. 

Blueprint for arts led regeneration
Since opening in April this year, Turner Contemporary has become a blueprint for arts led regeneration. The gallery has already established an international profile, attracting visitors from across the UK and beyond to Margate, putting the seaside town firmly back on the map and bringing significant economic benefits to local businesses. In Margate Old Town, situated close to Turner Contemporary, 35 new businesses have opened in the last 18 months alone. 

Her Majesty The Queen's visit follows this hugely successful beginning for Turner Contemporary.

Before visiting the gallery, Her Majesty was taken on a tour of Margate Old Town and met a number of local businesses including The Cup Cake Cafe and Blackbird shop.

Support our work
You can support Turner Contemporary's on-going success by making a donation to support our work. To make a donation today, text TURN01 and the amount to 70070 or contact Lhosa Daly on 01843 233023 or

See photos from the day on our Flickr page.

Press from the day 

Radio 4 Today programme

Queen meets Tracey Emin in Margate
 The Guardian

Hurrah for Margate's inspirational attitude The Observer

BBC News Kent

Kent Online

Heart FM

Kent News

Royal recognition for UCA's collaboration with Turner Contemporary 

This is Kent

Sky news Australia 

The Telegraph

Ma'am goes to Margate Daily Mail 

Yahoo News

Art Daily

Arts Council England
Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Thu 10 Nov 2011