Royal visit boosted Nottingham's world profile15 June 2012
Images of thousands of people greeting the Queen in Nottingham will bring huge benefits to the city, it is claimed.
City council, business and tourism leaders say Wednesday's visit by Her Majesty and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - and the reception given to them - helped to put the city on the map.
Buckingham Palace thanked the estimated 35,000 people in the Old Market Square, Nottingham Station and Vernon Park, Old Basford.
A palace spokesman said: "The welcome in Nottingham was extraordinary. We were delighted to receive such a warm welcome from such a huge crowd."
It was the first time the Queen had visited Nottingham since her Golden Jubilee tour in 2002.
City council leader Jon Collins said: "The Queen, Prince William and Kate clearly enjoyed the visit and it was good to see so many people turn out to see them.
"The people of Nottingham and everyone involved with the visit did the city proud and the national and international media coverage of the event will show Nottingham at its very best."
George Cowcher, chief executive of the Derbyshire and Notts Chamber of Commerce, said the occasion had brought a timely boost to the economy.
He said: "It was great to see thousands upon thousands of people pack out the city centre to get a glimpse of the royal family.
"Having so many people in town spending money can only be a good thing in terms of giving retailers a boost and helping to get the local economy moving. Events like this also bring the feel-good factor back to Nottingham - they get people talking, boost morale and productivity."
"Hopefully, further celebrations later in the summer for the Olympic Torch Relay will have a similar effect."
Jennifer Spencer, chief executive of tourism organisation Experience Nottinghamshire, said: "Already we've seen over 400 articles on the visit published globally, and the majority of the national newspapers ran cover stories with photos from the Nottingham events. The event has shown our city in a positive light to potential visitors, which can only be a good thing."