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Gallery: Duke of Kent visits Havering

PUBLISHED: 16:58 12 June 2018

HRH The Duke of Kent with Mayor of Havering Cllr Dilip Patel at Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in Romford.

HRH The Duke of Kent with Mayor of Havering Cllr Dilip Patel at Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in Romford.

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His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent visited Coborn Engineering, Langtons House and Gardens and Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre.

HRH The Duke of Kent a Coborn Engineering in Romford. HRH The Duke of Kent a Coborn Engineering in Romford.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent visited both Romford and Hornchurch this afternoon.

He was given a tour of Coborn Engineering in Chesham Close Romford this morning where he met with workers and staff at the firm.

HRH The Duke of Kent, Prince Edward, was then given a guided tour of Langtons House and Gardens in Hornchurch, before being whisked back to Romford to visit the Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre.

His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque in the leisure centre before having photos with local councillors and the Mayor of Havering.

HRH The Duke of Kent(far right) with councillors and members of staff at the Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in Romford. HRH The Duke of Kent(far right) with councillors and members of staff at the Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in Romford.

The Queen’s cousin is president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and presents the trophies to the Wimbledon champion and runner-up.

He also served as the United Kingdom’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, retiring in 2001.

HRH The Duke of Kent with Mayor of Havering Cllr Dilip Patel at Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in Romford. HRH The Duke of Kent with Mayor of Havering Cllr Dilip Patel at Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in Romford.

Since his mother was a cousin of Prince Philip, he is also a second cousin to Prince Charles and his siblings.

The £25m ice and leisure centre opened in February this year and it was the first time that a Royal will be visiting the new multi-million pound centre.

HRH The Duke of Kent at Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in Romford. HRH The Duke of Kent at Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in Romford.

One of the most famous Royal visits to the borough was back in 2003 when The Queen, accompanied by Prince Philip, made a special trip to Havering where they were greeted by thousands of cheering residents for Her Majesty’s first tour of Romford and Hornchurch.

The royal couple visited Romford Market and greeted well-wishers, schoolchildren and stallholders.

HRH The Duke of Kent a Coborn Engineering in Romford. HRH The Duke of Kent a Coborn Engineering in Romford.

Two years ago the The Duchess of Cornwall also came to visit and met students from Havering Music School taking part in a dress rehearsal for a new work being performed by the London Chamber Orchestra (LCO).

Can you remember when a royal visited Havering? Maybe you met the Queen in 2003 or maybe you have memories from visits before that, the Recorder would love to hear from you.

HRH The Duke of Kent at Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in Romford. HRH The Duke of Kent at Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in Romford.

Please send your memories to liam.coleman@archant.co.uk or call 0208 477 3826

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