Crowds expected for Queen’s historic visit

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The Queen is celebrating an historic event at a Preston college today.

As part of a visit to Lancaster, for the first time in 16 years, she will mark the 750th anniversary of the Duchy of Lancaster with staff and students at Myerscough College.

The Queen is scheduled to arrive by royal train at Lancaster Railway Station and will then visit The Duchy, which owns Lancaster Castle.

It will be the first time the head of the British Monarchy has visited Lancaster Castle since it closed as a prison in 2011.

After the ceremony she will go inside the castle to watch a performance of Shakespeare’s Richard II and meet invited guests.

Before heading off to private estates in the Trough of Bowland, Her Royal Highness is visiting Myerscough College’s Lodge Farm, the oldest building on tenanted estate within the Duchy landholdings.

Principal and chief executive of the Bilsborrow College Ann Turner said: “I think we are very lucky and honoured that it is the fourth time she has visited since 1969, when she came to open the original buildings here.

“The college has long been a tenant of the Duchy of Lancaster and, in fact we, are celebrating 50 years this year of our tenancy of Lodge Farm.”

She added: “We’ve taken the opportunity (of the visit) to showcase traditional rural crafts: farriery where we are one of only three centres in the country to deliver farriery and the only place in the world to offer a degree in it and also the basic skills in stockhandling.”

Police will be carrying out rolling road closures in Lancaster to allow the Royal party to pass safely by car.

Any roads adjoining the A6 will be closed during the rolling closure.

Lancaster City Council and Lancashire Police aim to have the roads reopened as soon as possible.

Closures have been programmed to run until 2pm to ensure that barriers and other measures can be safely removed.

Supt Peter Lawson from Lancashire Police said: “It is a privilege to have this event in Lancaster and a significant amount of planning and preparation has taken place to ensure it is a memorable day for everyone.

“We anticipate some traffic disruption but we are working with local authorities to ensure businesses and the public likely to be affected are warned. Road closures are necessary to ensure the safety of the crowds expected to attend the event.”

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