Recent Royal Visits

HRH The Duke of York visits Cheshire in November 2016

HRH The Duke of York visited Cheshire on 7 November and opened the Warrington University Technical College (UTC).

The Princess Royal visits Cheshire in October 2016

HRH the Princess Royal visited on 24 October and carried out the following engagements:

  • As Patron of UK Youth, opened the Fermain Academy Macclesfield
  • Opened a new confectionery manufacturing facility at Wrights Food Group, Crewe
  • Opened a new research and development building at Bentley Motors, Crewe.

The Princess Royal visits Cheshire in June 2013

HRH the Princess Royal (President of the Cheshire Agricultural Society) visited the Cheshire County Show on 19 June

The Earl of Wessex visits Cheshire in April 2013

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Cheshire on 16 April and carried out the following engagements:

  • Visited Bentley Motors in Crewe
  • Opened the refurbished South Cheshire College
  • Met Cheshire East Council Apprentices at Crewe Town Hall
  • Opened the Broad Street Project of the Cheshire Academy for Integrated Sport & Arts
  • Launched the Cheshire Community Foundation at Bentley Motors


The Duchess of Gloucester visits Cheshire in October 2012

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester visited Cheshire on 16 October and carried out the following engagements:

  • Opened the Diamond Jubilee Garden at Chester Cathedral
  • Presented the Queen’s Award for to Dee Sign Choir and to Chester Adult PHAB at Chester Town Hall
  • Presented the O2 Think Big Young People’s Awards 2012 at O2 Preston Brook

The Duke of Gloucester visits Cheshire in July 2012

HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited Cheshire on 18 July and carried out the following engagements:

  • Opened the Cheshire Youth Federation Canvas for Youth Contemporary Art Fair at Hartford High School
  • Presented the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade) to Oliver Valvetek Ltd. of Knutsford
  • Presented the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade and Innovation) to ICC Solutions Ltd. of Warrington
  • Visited Warrington Youth Club



The Countess of Wessex visits Cheshire in June 2012

HRH The Countess of Wessex, Patron, visited The David Lewis Centre in Warford on 19 June where she met students and residents and officially opened JD’s Social Club.

The Countess later visited the Cheshire Show at Tabley where she joined the President for lunch before touring the Showground and later presented prizes.

The Queen visits Cheshire in May 2012

HM The Queen, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, visited Cheshire on 17 May as part of the North West Diamond Jubilee Regional Tour.

Her Majesty, having stayed overnight in Ellesmere Port on MY Leander, opened the new Diamond Jubilee Quarter at Chester Zoo and subsequently opened Orford Jubilee Park in Warrington.

HRH The Duke of York visits Cheshire in October 2011

On 7th October, HRH The Duke of York visited TTE Training in Ellesmere Port, before going on to Daresbury Science & Innovation Centre where he opened Vanguard House.  Finally, His Royal Highness visited Jodrell Bank.

The Princess Royal visits Cheshire in September 2011

As Sponsor of HMS Albion, HRH The Princess Royal attended the Freedom of the City of Chester parade on 21st September.  Her Royal Highness, who is Patron of Catch22, later visited the Early Intervention Family Support Service at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.  Finally, The Princess, as Commandant in Chief (Youth) of St John Ambulance, presented The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the Volunteers of Cheshire Young Carers at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall.

HRH The Duke of Kent visits Cheshire in September 2011

The Duke of Kent visited Cheshire on Friday 16 September. His Royal Highness formally opened the Exhibition Village at the Celebrate Cheshire Event at Chester Racecourse organised by Marketing Cheshire and Cheshire Business Leaders. What follows is an extract from The Duke’s Speech:

“It is very clear from what I have seen and heard this morning that Cheshire has excellent business credentials, a thriving enterprise culture and a highly skilled workforce, and all these are clearly exemplified by the various companies and organisations taking part in the exhibition.

Your County has had remarkable success in attracting and retaining some of the world’s best known and most successful Companies alongside family and niche market enterprises.  All of them I know have contributed to the wealth of the County and I realise that you remain very ambitious for the area and want to sustain and build on the success already achieved.

My congratulations therefore to all involved in the event, which is an excellent example of the public, private, voluntary, charitable and community sectors working together for the economic and social well-being of the County, and ultimately of the country.”

The Duke then travelled to the new Ellesmere Port Campus of the West Cheshire College and presented the Employer of the Year Award for Supporting Training and Apprenticeships to Unilever.

His Royal Highness later visited Cheshire Fire Service HQ at Winsford in recognition of the Service’s national achievement as Fire Service of the Year.

The Duke & Duchess of Gloucester visit Cheshire in July 2011

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester at Queen's Park, Crewe

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke & Duchess of Gloucester visited Cheshire on 19 July.  His Royal Highness, accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant, formally opened the new Christ The King Catholic & Church of England Primary School in Macclesfield before visiting Macclesfield Town Hall to commemorate the 750th Anniversary of the granting of the Town’s Charter.

Her Royal Highness, accompanied by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, opened the refurbished Queen’s Park in Crewe and subsequently visited Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Hill House in Sandbach.

Their Royal Highnesses then visited the RHS Show Tatton Park.

HRH The Countess of Wessex visits Warrington D.A.D. in July 2010

HRH The Countess of Wessex visited Warrington Disability Awareness Day Mental Health Event at Walton Hall Gardens, Warrington on 7 July.

The Mental Health Event was one of 12 complementary events being held in the run-up to the 20th Anniversary Disability Awareness Day on 10th July.  Her Royal Highness met Mental Health Service Users, Carers and support organisations, and saw exhibitions of artwork, therapies, and healthy living projects.  The Countess also spent some time with the team of D.A.D. volunteers – previous winners of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – who have contributed so much to the success of Disability Awareness Day.

HRH The Princess Royal attends Carol Service in December 2010

The Lord-Lieutenant received HRH The Princess Royal when she attended the Northern National Carol Service at Chester Cathedral on 8th December.

The Princess Royal visits Cheshire in October 2010

Tactical Training Centre Opening in Winsford

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opened Cheshire Constabulary’s new Tactical Training Centre in Winsford on 11 October.  The Tactical Training Centre allows firearms and public order officers to train in a purpose built environment, one of the very few such facilities in the country.

Later, Her Royal Highness, Patron of The Butler Trust, visited HMP Styal.  The Trust celebrates outstanding dedication, skill and creativity on the part of thos working in correctional settings across the UK.  Her Royal Highness opened the new Iris Healthcare Centre and the Media & Communication suite as well as visiting the Award-winning Mother & Baby Unit.

The Prince of Wales visits Cheshire in July 2010

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate on 16th July in his capacity as President of the National Trust and also in his role as President and Founder of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust – which specialises in restoring old buildings.

The Prince toured the Victorian Apprentice House and grounds and sat in with children from the nearby Styal Primary School who were taking part in a Victorian school lesson.

The Prince then walked through Quarry Bank Gardens and visited the Mill talking to volunteers and staff.

The photograph, provided by the National Trust, shows His Royal Highness with Alan Knapper, Quarry Bank’s Head Gardener.

The Queen visits Cheshire in June 2010

Her Majesty The Queen visited Cheshire on 10 June 2010.

Arriving at Crewe Station, Her Majesty travelled to Reaseheath College, Nantwich, where she met staff and students at the College’s new Equine Centre, before  officially opening the Learning Resource Centre at the Centrepoint Building.

The Queen then went on to Chester.  As Colonel-in-Chief, she visited the Royal Welsh at Chester Racecourse and presented campaign medals to soldiers of the 1st Battalion who recently returned from operations in Afghanistan.