The senior-most members of the Royal Family are set to visit Poundbury, Dorset, next week for a day of engagements. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be in the urban town on Thursday, October 28th.
Her Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses will arrive at the Queen Mother Square, where they will be greeted by representatives and staff from the Duchy of Cornwall. The Square, which is a central hub of commercial and residential buildings, is often referred to as the heart of Poundbury and has been named after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
The royals will tour the Square and visit the local Waitrose, before attending a private reception in Jubilee Hall. They will then move on to the Royal Pavilion, where they will meet architects involved in its design. Prince Charles will also give a brief explanation about the development of Poundbury.
Poundbury is a new urban extension on the outskirts of Dorchester. The town is built on Duchy of Cornwall land, according to the principles of architecture and urban planning advocated by Prince Charles. Work on Poundbury began in 1993, with the view to create a walkable community in which people are given priority over cars. Today, Poundbury is home to 3,000 people and 185 businesses, and the space is a mix of residential areas, shops and leisure facilities.
The royal party will then proceed to the Duchess of Cornwall Inn, to meet with representatives from the brewery and construction team. Finally, they will attend a short ceremony in the square, during which the Prince of Wales will give a short speech. Before departing, Her Majesty will unveil a statue of The Queen Mother. The bronze statue is 9 feet and 6 inches tall and stands on a stone plinth.
Although the Prince of Wales visits his Poundbury estate twice a year, this will be the first time that the four senior members of Royal Family visit the town together.