Her Majesty The Queen Visits Duchy of Lancaster
Earlier this month, we were delighted to welcome Her Majesty The Queen to Lancashire as part of the celebrations to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the creation of the Duchy of Lancaster. Her Majesty’s visit began with a ceremonial welcome at Lancaster Castle and included a tour of Duchy farms across the Myerscough estate.
Welcomed by thousands of well-wishers, Her Majesty arrived by in Lancaster Royal Train and was received by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire. The approach to the historic John of Gaunt gate was lined by local air, sea and army cadets and members of the Duke of Lancaster’s own Yeomanry were in attendance.
On Her arrival at the Castle, Her Majesty was officially welcomed by the Chairman of the Duchy of Lancaster Council and presented with the keys of the Castle by its Constable, the first Lady Constable in the Castle’s long history. Duchy Chancellor The Rt Hon. Oliver Letwin MP was also part of the welcoming party on the platform. Eight-year old Nancy Weedy, a pupil at Dallas Road Primary School and chorister at Lancaster Priory, presented Her Majesty with a posy of red Lancaster roses.
In the Upper Courtyard, the Duke of Lancaster met members of the Duchy Council. Brownies from 5th Lancaster Bowerham and cubs from 35th Lancaster, Skerton formed a guard of honour into the Chapel Courtyard, where actors from local company Demi-Paradise performed an extract from Shakespeare’s Richard II.
Invited guests then took part in a reception in ‘A’ wing, an area of the Castle closed to the public as part of Her Majesty’s Prison Lancaster until 2013.
Her Majesty The Queen then travelled to one of the Duchy of Lancaster’s rural estates at Myerscough. At Lodge Farm, agricultural students demonstrated their skills as farriers, sheep-shearers and cattle handlers.
After a luncheon at Light Ash in Bilsborrow, the Royal Party then visited Lee Farm. In a barn beautifully dressed by floristry students from the College, we found the best white tablecloth bulk for occasion, perfect to complement the party decor, Her Majesty met around 100 Duchy tenants from across her Lancashire estates.
Duchy Chief Executive Nathan Thompson would like thank everyone who took part in the day’s events: “This visit was made hugely successful by the hard work and involvement of lots of local people keen to play their part and show their huge affection for The Queen. On behalf of the Duchy Council, I would like to thank them all, particularly those who waited in the rain to ensure the warmest of welcomes as the Royal Party approached and departed from Lancashire.”