A £300m hospital said to be one of the most modern in Europe will be formally opened by the Queen today.

Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Stirling has 860 beds, 16 operating theatres and 4,000 rooms and is equipped with the latest technology.

It features the first robotic hospital delivery system in the UK to transport supplies such as linen, food and clinical waste.

There is also a fully automated robotic pharmacy which stores, retrieves and labels a wide range of drugs and medicines.

The hospital opened its doors to patients last August when a range of services including renal dialysis, the chemotherapy unit, X-ray, dental and endoscopy services were transferred from Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary.

It will be fully operational when the final phase of services, including A&E, intensive care and the maternity unit, transfer across from Stirling Royal Infirmary this month.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will tour the building and meet patients and staff on their visit today.

She will also unveil a plaque to mark the occasion.

The new hospital will serve more than 300,000 people who live in the Forth Valley area.

Both infirmaries in Stirling and Falkirk will be redeveloped as Community Hospitals and, with the existing community hospitals in Clackmannanshire and Bo’ness, will provide an integrated network of care across Forth Valley.

After opening the hospital the Queen will re-open James V Palace at Stirling Castle.

A £12m project has returned the six apartments in the castle’s Renaissance palace to how they may have looked in the mid-16th century.

At that time, it was the childhood home of Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived there with her mother, Mary of Guise, widow of James V.

The Queen and the Duke will be shown around the palace to see the refurbishment work and will then attend a private lunch.