Queen’s city visit would be first for 16 years

The Queen is expected to visit the Duchy of Lancaster
The Queen is expected to visit the Duchy of Lancaster

Her Majesty The Queen is expected to visit Lancaster for the first time in 16 years.

Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to visit The Duchy of Lancaster, which owns Lancaster Castle, on May 29.

Queen Elizabeth visited Lancaster Castle in 1951

Queen Elizabeth visited Lancaster Castle in 1951

It has not yet been confirmed exactly where she will visit, but an eagle-eyed resident spotted a Bentley car, thought to be the Bentley State Limousine, driving up the cobbles of Lancaster Castle –in front of the John o’ Gaunt gate – last week.

A spokeswoman for the Royal family said: “It’s expected that she will visit, but more detail will be released by Buckingham Palace two weeks before the event.”

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

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

Buckingam Palace confirmed this week 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.