Prince Philip's appreciation for the Lancashire region.
Apr, 12 2021
If you’ve been hiding under a rock since last Friday (April 9th ) you would have been oblivious to a certain royal who is no longer with us. But during his long life in the monarchy Prince Philip made a concerted effort to visit many places across the Lancashire district.
One such visit took place on May Day in 1985 where he crossed the treacherous bay at low tide, expertly accompanied by Cedric Robinson, the Queen's Guide to the Sands. The crossing from Silverdale to Kents Bank was the first by a team of horses in 130 years.
According to Mr Robinson, the prince adored the scenery and showed great interest in the history of the bay. He also remembers the Duke of Edinburgh was concerned about a news organisation's helicopter buzzing low enough to scare the horses.
Other highlights include the following places:-
- 2009 -Visiting The Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool with the Queen.
- 2012 - A tour of the region of Lancashire to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year
During the Jubilee tour the royal couple visited Burnley in which they boarded the canal barge, The Pride of Sefton, with Prince Charles for a tour of the Weavers Triangle area of the town, to the delight of local schoolchildren.
"We're like the luckiest children in the world," one said.
The late Prince was also a member of Accrington Camera Club. They contacted him during the Queen's Silver Jubilee and asked if he could send a shot to their annual exhibition. Club officials found themselves going to a London gallery to collect a full exhibition of photographs he had taken while bird-watching.
Club member Harry Emmett remembers that day well, "The Lord Lieutenant opened the exhibition and suggested that as a 'thank you', it might be a good idea if we made him an honorary member. Imagine our surprise when we found ourselves mentioned as an organisation he is patron of in an official list published by The Times.”
Prince Philip’s ceremonial royal funeral will take place this coming Saturday 17th April 2021. It will be held at St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The service will begin at 3pm and will be broadcast live from the Chapel.
^Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger