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Lanarkshire Girl Meets The Queen
A Lanarkshire girl had the honour of handing over a bouquet of flowers to the Queen at the opening of the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
Amy Carmichael (10) from Stonehouse – who is in remission from leukaemia – was chosen for the honour by staff at the new Royal Hospital for Children, which is on the same site.
The youngster attends monthly at the new children’s hospital after services were moved there from Yorkhill earlier this year. She has also raised more than £12,000 for leukaemia and lymphoma research.
The Queen was clearly charmed by Amy and beamed as the little one handed over a posy of flowers before executing a perfect curtsy.
Amy said: “It was really, really exciting and magical. It was like a dream.
“The Queen asked if I liked the new hospital. I said I liked it very much, thank you. She was really nice.
“I was nervous I might fall over during my curtsy.
“I told all my friends at school I was going to meet the Queen, and at first they didn’t believe me but then I showed them the pictures.”
Amy learned to curtsy at a dance school run by her mum Heather Carmichael.
A very proud Heather attended the hospital ceremony and said it was huge honour for Amy to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Heather said: “They could have asked lots of other children but they felt that Amy had the confidence to go up and do it.
“And the staff know her well because she was at Yorkhill for three years.
“It’s a great honour to be asked.
“When Amy went up to give her the flowers, the Queen started to smile, and when she did her curtsy the Queen’s face lit up.
“They asked her if she liked the new hospital and if she had been discharged.
“She told them she had been discharged even though she still goes every month. She was quite overwhelmed.
“She’s been taught to curtsy since she was two-and-a-half so she knows how to do a nice curtsy, and she practices in the garden.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was also impressed, telling Amy afterwards that she could be First Minister one day. Amy thought that idea was “really funny” and that being First Minister would be a hard job.
Mum Heather said: “Nicola Sturgeon said ‘I think she’s going to be First Minister some day’ and congratulated her on her fundraising.
“She said she would have her to the parliament for a tour. Amy said she had already been to the parliament when she went to meet Alex Salmond.
“Nicola said this time it would be a really special tour because she would take her round and then take her for lunch.”
The new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital replaces the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids at Yorkhill, the Southern General Hospital, the Western and Victoria infirmaries and the Mansionhouse Unit.