Queen to visit top of Orbit tower at Olympic Park

July 25, 2012 - 5:39 AM
London Olympics

A man walks near the Orbit tower at the Orbit Olympic Circus three days ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is about to scale new heights.

Royal officials say the queen will whizz to the top of London's Orbit tower during a visit to the Olympic Park on Saturday.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, will take in the panoramic views from atop the 115 meter (380 foot) landmark.

The tower — a ruby red mass of twisting steel that some have likened to a crushed rollercoaster — has divided opinion: some say bold, others eyesore. The queen will be accompanied by her daughter, Princess Anne, but not by her oldest son, Prince Charles, a vocal opponent of edgy modern architecture.

The royals also are due to meet competitors and catering staff at the athletes village.

The games run Friday to Aug. 12.