Duchy to welcome the Queen to city

The Queen and the Princess Royal in Kendal.
The Queen and the Princess Royal in Kendal.

It has been 16 years since the Queen last visited Lancaster.

In July 1999 the monarch – who celebrated her 89th birthday last week – visited Lancaster Priory before heading over to Morecambe to unveil the Eric Morecambe statue.

Buckingam Palace has confirmed that The Queen – who also holds the title of Duke of Lancaster – is expected to visit Lancaster Castle, although details will be kept under wraps until two weeks before the event.

It would be the first time the head of the British Monarchy has visited the castle since it closed as a prison in 2011 and re-opened its courtyard to the public for the first time in its history in 2013. Since then the castle has held festivals, markets and themed events. The Royal website states that The Queen will visit The Duchy of Lancaster – an estate that covers vast tracts of land, including Lancaster Castle and parts of the Trough of Bowland – on May 29.

Other areas of land owned by The Duchy include the Myerscough Estate, the Wyreside Estate and the Whitewell Estate. The Duchy of Lancaster is a royal duchy held in trust for the Sovereign and is used to provide income for the British monarch. In 2013, The Queen paid a Royal visit to Kendal, just before her grandson Prince George was born.

Although the exact locations of the Queen’s visit are being kept strictly under wraps, the Lancaster Guardian understands the Royal Bentley was seen at the front of Lancaster Castle last week.

The Duchy of Lancaster did not wish to comment at this time.