Her Majesty the Queen Duke of Lancaster Visits Lancaster Castle29th May 2015
Earlier this month, we were delighted to welcome Her Majesty The Queen to Lancaster Castle as part of the celebrations to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the creation of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Welcomed by thousands of well-wishers, Her Majesty arrived by in Lancaster by 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 Constable Mrs Pam Barker, the first Lady Constable in the Castle's long history. A band from the Royal Corps of Signals entertained waiting crowds before playing the National Anthem and a trumpet fanfare composed by Samuel Hudson. 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.
Once inside the Castle gates, the Duke of Lancaster met members of the Duchy Council and local dignitaries. Brownies from 5thLancaster 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.A reception was held for invited guests in A-wing, an area of the Castle closed to the public as part of Her Majesty's Prison Lancaster until 2013. Today, more areas of this historic building are open to the public than ever before and its long history is the subject of regular guided tours throughout the year.