Staff at Lancashire Constabulary were paid a royal visit from the Earl of Wessex .
HRH Prince Edward arrived by helicopter at the force’s headquarters in Hutton to formally open its Force Control Room.
He was taken on a tour around the control room before unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark its opening.
Chief Superintendent Sarah Oldham, Head of Contact Management at Lancashire Constabulary, said: “We were delighted to welcome HRH Prince Edward to our Force Control Room here in Hutton.
“It was wonderful to have him formally open the room and an exciting occasion for all involved.”
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “I am delighted to welcome HRH to Lancashire.”