The Queen and her new granddaughter-in-law, the Duchess of Sussex, will visit Chester today (June 14) on their first official engagement together.
The royal party will officially open Storyhouse (pictured), an integrated arts centre that is home to a theatre, cinema, public library and the largest repertory company in the UK after the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre.
Andrew Bentley, Storyhouse chief executive, said: “This amazing visit has been made possible by the tremendous support we have in Chester and in the region, and is testament to the degree to which our community has taken us to their hearts.”
After a civic reception at Chester’s Victorian Gothic town hall, the royal duo will move on to open the Mersey Gateway Bridge at Runcorn.
Marketing Cheshire – the agency for promoting Cheshire and Chester – hopes the visit will shine a spotlight on the city and region’s attractions.
It said the destination features the UK’s most complete city walls, with a mile-long circuit of Roman and medieval walls.
Visitors can also see Britain’s oldest working racecourse, Britain’s largest Roman amphitheatre, medieval shopping galleries, two cathedrals and England’s top attraction outside London – Chester Zoo.
Storyhouse picture: Beccy Lane.