Council invites residents to view display in Chester Town Hall to celebrate historic Royal visit
28 June 2018A plaque has gone on display to the public in the entrance to Chester Town Hall to mark the historic visit of the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex.
Residents are also invited to view a selection of photographs and memorabilia in display cabinets to celebrate the successful event, which attracted 14,000 people and drew the attention of the world’s media on June 14th.
Cheshire West and Chester Council and the City of Chester welcomed Her Majesty the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex who came to the city to officially open Storyhouse. They were taken on a tour and met a number of local community groups and young people.
Thousands of people welcomed the Royal visitors in the sunshine as they then made their way along Northgate Street to the town hall.
They were greeted by the Lord Mayor of Chester Councillor Alex Black who thanked everyone for attending. The Queen unveiled a plaque to mark the visit before she and the Duchess enjoyed lunch in the town hall as guests of the council.
Councillor Alex Black said: “The 14th June 2018 will be the day that Chester will never forget, and I know I won’t! Her Majesty and the Duchess were charming and the Queen had such a glow about her during her visit to Chester. It was such an honour and a privilege to welcome them both to the city and to be guests at the council lunch.”
News organisations from across the globe were in Chester to broadcast the event, which made the news in Australia, France and America in addition to receiving coverage in the national and UK media.
The increase in visitors boosted the local economy, with a 16 per cent rise in the number of people visiting Chester Market on that Thursday compared to a week before.
Councillor Bub Rudd, chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Council representatives have estimated that around 14,000 people came out to witness the historic visit to Chester. It was amazing to see so many people who lined the streets of Chester to welcome Her Majesty the Queen and Her Royal Highness Duchess of Sussex.
“The amount of positive media attention from across the country and from around the world was unprecedented. We never imagined that the visit would attract so much attention and the council and the City of Chester is so grateful that the Queen chose Chester for her first official engagement with the new Duchess of Sussex.”
Mayor of Chester Cllr Alex Black with the plaque to mark the Royal visit in Chester Town Hall
The plaque to mark the Royal visit in Chester Town Hall, as viewed by the Mayor Of Chester Cllr Alex Black