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Havering set for Royal visit today

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 June 2018

The Duke of Kent on a visit to the Welcome Centre in Ilford last year.

The Duke of Kent on a visit to the Welcome Centre in Ilford last year.

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Prince Edward will be given a tour of both of places in Romford and Hornchurch.

The Duke of Kent on a visit to the Welcome Centre in Ilford last year.The Duke of Kent on a visit to the Welcome Centre in Ilford last year.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent will be visiting Romford and Hornchurch today.

Prince Edward will be given a tour of Coborn Engineering and the Sapphire Ice and Leisure centre in Romford, and will also be visiting Langtons House and Gardens in Hornchurch.

He will be arriving in Romford this morning (Tuesday, June 12) before being given guided tours of some of Havering’s best assets.

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.

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 is the first time that a Royal will be visiting the new multi-million pound centre.

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.

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.

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

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