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The latest Millennium landmark for London was inaugurated by the Queen today. The Millennium Bridge, an elegant construction of steel, stainless steel and aluminium, won't be officially open to the public until June 10. But, after a service at St Pauls, it was given a seal of approval by a the Queen at a formal dedication ceremony. Dressed from head to knee in springtime violet, Her Majesty clearly had difficulty with a pair of new shoes on the shallow walkway approaching the bridge, which crosses the Thames near St Pauls to the south bank, close to the newly-opened Tate Modern gallery. Designed by a team of high profile experts - an architect (Norman Foster), a sculptor (Sir Anthony Caro), and an engineer (Ove Arup), the Millennium Bridge is expected not only to improve accessibility for residents, businesses and workers, but for tourists and visitors keen to visit the looming Tate Modern whose great brick chimney dominates the skyline. OUR PHOTOS SHOW: The Queen, dressed in a violet hat, coat and dress, carries out the ceremonial dedication for London's new Millennium Bridge today.