Alnwick welcomes the Queen

The Queen is presented with a bouquet by a young well-wisher on her walkabout through Alnwick town centre. Picture by Peter Berry
The Queen is presented with a bouquet by a young well-wisher on her walkabout through Alnwick town centre. Picture by Peter Berry

A TRIUMPHANT Alnwick welcomed the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to town yesterday, as a crowd of thousands gathered to witness the Royal visit.

Bondgate Within came to a standstill during the afternoon, when the monarch took a walkabout along the street, smiling and chatting with the masses.

The day began with the arrival of the Royal train at Alnmouth Station, where the party was met by local schoolchildren and an official reception by the Duchess of Northumberland, in her role as Lord Lieutenant of the county.

It was then on to Alnwick, where the Queen and Prince Philip first opened the new youth hostel on Green Batt, again waved on by delighted well-wishers.

But the key part of the visit came with the Royal engagement at Alnwick Castle and Garden, to celebrate the role of carers and community volunteers across the county.

More than 8,000 specially-invited guests attended from a variety of organisations, including the Royal British Legion and Carers Northumberland, as well as a host of individuals who look after friends, family or provide foster care.

The event was also attended by Newcastle United and England legend Alan Shearer, who did the honours of cutting a commemorative cake provided for the occasion by Greggs.

Today’s Gazette is packed with pictures and comprehensive coverage of the day’s events, including a special eight-page souvenir pull-out, so don’t forget to buy your copy.

And next week, you can find even more pictures of the Royal visit in our special 16-page supplement.