On Thursday 10th July, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will make history by returning to Matlock in Derbyshire, her first official visit in 22 years.
The Royal couple will arrive by train at Matlock Station before travelling on to visit Lea Mills and Chatsworth House. The town will be adorned with bunting and musicians will to add to the celebratory atmosphere. People are being encouraged to join schoolchildren in lining the streets as The Queen and Duke travel by car from Matlock to Lea Bridge.
The Royal couple will be in Amber Valley visiting the Lea Mills headquarter of John Smedley Limited, they will be marking the Derbyshire knitwear company’s 230th anniversary. They will then return to Matlock and make their way to Chatsworth House.
Chatsworth House is one of Britain’s foremost country houses and the Royal couple will be welcomed to the estate by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. After acknowledging the crowds on the grounds, Her Majesty and Prince Philip will attend a reception at Chatsworth Painted Hall for 80 representatives of the county’s voluntary and charity sector. The reception will be hosted by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker. There will then be a private luncheon at the house.
The last time Her Majesty was in Matlock was May 1992. While there she officially opened the reservoir at Carsington, owned by Severn Trent Water. The Queen also dropped in to Wirksworth to view the well dressings in the Memorial Gardens, which were created by the schoolchildren at the local infant school. She also found time to open St Giles Primary School in Matlock.
The Queen also made visits to Matlock, which is in the Derbyshire Dales, in 1985 and 1968.