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Prince Charles visits the Lake District to celebrate World Heritage status

The Prince of Wales visited Cumbria on Monday to mark the Lake District receiving World Heritage Site status.

Last Summer, the Lake District joined 30 other sites in Britain and the Taj Mahal, Grand Canyon and Stonehenge on the prestigious list.

A large crowd greeted Prince Charles, who has been a regular visitor to the region, at Langwathby railway station. This included schoolchildren and Cumbria’s new Chief Constable Michelle Skeer.

The Prince of Wales told the crowd: “Whenever I come here and, in the words of Psalm 121, ‘lift up mine eyes unto the hills’, I feel my spirits rise and I know the same is true of countless others.

“I could not be more delighted to be with you here today on this very special occasion in what I happen to think is a particularly special part of the world.

“Official recognition by the UNESCO World Heritage committee of the Lake District National Park as a World Heritage Site is a significant achievement, which I am told has taken 31 years.”

Prince Charles was later treated to performances by schoolchildren and cast members from productions at the nearby Theatre by the Lake before unveiling a UNESCO plaque in Keswick overlooking Derwent Water.

Chairman of the Lake District National Park Partnership, Lord Clark of Windermere, said: “This plaque will give local people and visitors a place to come and appreciate not just the spectacular landscape but also the rich, cultural history of the Lake District as a World Heritage Site.”

The ceremony was part of a day of events in Cumbria, including a visit to the National Centre for the Uplands at Newton Rigg college and a boat ride on Ullswater Steam’s flagship steamer, ‘Lady of the Lake’.

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