After the royal visit, Mr Aitkenhead said: “There is no greater accolade than to have the Queen and the Duke of Cambridge open this extraordinary building, particularly during a global pandemic.
“We showed her just a small fraction of what we do here on this site.
“The focus was particularly on explosive detection, which was crucial to the Manchester Arena bombing attack and Parsons Green terrorist attacks.
“She was impressed actually at the range of people, the passion and the enthusiasm that all the staff here show.
“The work here at Porton Down is crucial to protecting the UK’s safety and if there is any kind of explosive threat, both at home or abroad, the team here are involved.
“We talk about the science inside; we are the science behind our country’s military capability, policing, counter-terroism and national security.”
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