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Royal treatment

Queen Elizabeth opens Schroders’ new London HQ

Queen Elizabeth II, flanked by Schroders Group CEO Peter Harrison, left, and London Lord Mayor Charles Bowman, visits Schroders.

First Aberdeen Standard Investments scored Princess Anne to inaugurate the firm's new headquarters unveiled in April. Now, Schroders PLC had the reigning queen of England, Elizabeth II, to open theirs.

Michael Dobson and Peter Harrison, Schroders' chairman and group CEO, respectively, took the British monarch on a tour around the building, which in addition to housing 2,500 employees, incorporates a section of London's Roman wall and the ruins of the tower of the medieval St. Alphage's Church, according to a Schroders' news release.

The queen met Schroders' investment teams and took an interest in the portfolio managers' daily routines. Queen Elizabeth then listened to a performance of Schroders' in-house choir, which is made up of its employees.

The building, which boasts an excellent rating in the BREEAM sustainability rating, the world's leading sustainability assessment method for buildings, according to the Schroders news release, now sits across the street from Legal & General Investment Management's headquarters. Managers at the neighboring investment house were seen trying to spot the queen as she walked through the halls of the 449.4 billion ($582.6 billion) rival money manager's premises, according to sources.