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The Queen opens the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology … again

Yesterday Her Majesty the Queen officially opened the new £212m home of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. But it wasn’t the first time she’d visited the institute — she officially opened its former home in 1962, as these two surprisingly similar photos illustrate.

The Queen at the official opening of the 'old' LMB building

LMB researcher John Kendrew shows the Queen scientific models during her 1962 visit to officially open the ‘old’ LMB building (Image copyright: MRC LMB) 

LMB scientist Leo James explains his research into viruses to the Queen during her visit to open the new LMB building yesterday (Image: MRC LMB)

LMB scientist Leo James explains his research into viruses to the Queen during her visit to open the new LMB building yesterday (Image copyright: MRC LMB)

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