THE QUEEN VISITS SOMERSET
PUBLISHED: 15:42 25 August 2007 | UPDATED: 08:56 21 February 2013
See highlights of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh's visit to north Somerset in the September issue. Union Jacks were flying high as hundreds of people gathered to welcome The Queen at every stage of her tour. The rain didn't dampen spirits how...
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Somerset on 20 July, and despite the rain the Queen had an action-packed schedule on a tour organised by North Somerset Council. The Royal Party arrived at Yatton Railway Station by Royal Train.
They continued by car to Yeo Valley Organic, twice winner of the Queen's Award for Enterprise, where they toured the Blagdon dairy, seeing yoghurt production and the organic herd.
The Royal Party then continued to the All Healthy Living Centre in Weston-super-Mare where they were treated to a tour of the centre and where The Queen placed a time capsule.
Continuing to Knightstone Island, they saw the regeneration work on Weston's seafront and visited some of the restored buildings. While there, The Queen unveiled a plaque to reopen 'Coronation Promenade', the perimeter walkway around the island, which was first opened in The Queen's coronation year of 1953.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh finally retired to the Winter Gardens for lunch as guests of North Somerset Council. The Queen afterwards viewed exhibitions by community and voluntary organisations at the Winter Gardens.
In the afternoon The Queen remained in Weston-super-Mare, where she visited Ashcombe Children's Centre, touring the new facilities before unveiling a plaque to officially open the building. In this, the centenary year of the first helicopter flight, His Royal Highness later opened the new Flight and Conservation Centre at the Helicopter Museum.
At the end of the day the Royal Party departed by helicopter.
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