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Princess Royal to officially open Magna Carta exhibition

The new Magna Carta exhibition at Lincoln Castle will be officially opened by the Princess Royal today. The historic document, which is celebrating its 800th anniversary this year, is now housed in a purpose built vault at the Castle.

The David PJ Ross Magna Carta Vault is the centrepiece of the £22m Lincoln Castle Revealed refurbishment project. It features an underground widescreen cinema allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the story of King John, the barons and the birth of the Great Charter like never before.

It is also the only place in the world where a 1215 Magna Carta and be seen alongside its sister document, the 1217 Charter of the Forest.

Princess Anne to officially open new-look Lincoln Castle

The revamped Lincoln Castle is to get the royal seal of approval - just in time for Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary celebrations.

The Princess Royal is to officially open the revamped Lincon Castle next month Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Princess Royal will officially open the new-look Lincoln Castle, on Monday June 8.

The Castle has undergone a £22m refurbishment and includes a new purpose built vault to house the Magna Carta plus an underground widescreen cinema allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the story of King John, the barons and the birth of the Great Charter like never before.

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Duke to open Air Ambulance support base

Royal Patrol the Duke of York Credit: PA

The Duke of York will officially open Yorkshire Air Ambulance's support base at Nostell, near Wakefield today. The Duke, a former Naval helicopter pilot and instructor, is Royal Patron of the rapid response emergency charity.

Three years ago he opened the Yorkshire Air Ambulance's northern base at RAF Topcliffe at Thirsk in North Yorkshire.

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Duchess goes behind the scenes of Downton Abbey

The Duchess of Cambridge has met up with cast members of Downton Abbey, including actors from our region who star in the ITV period drama on a behind-the-scenes tour.

The Duchess, apparently a huge fan of the show, visited the Ealing Studios set to celebrate the success of the production, which is now broadcast worldwide in 250 territories. The scheduled hour-long visit stretched to two hours as she toured various parts of the studio to meet the cast and crew.

Among those who described his role was Harrogate actor Jim Carter, who plays the butler Carson.

The Queen to visit Sheffield for Maundy Thursday

Royal date on April 2nd

Buckingham Palace has announced that Her Majesty The Queen will be coming to Sheffield on Maundy Thursday, April 2nd, to distribute the Royal Maundy.

The Queen will be accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. In over 900 years, this will be the first time that this State Occasion has taken place in South Yorkshire.

The Queen will be welcomed to the city’s Church of England cathedral by a congregation of over 1,000 representatives from churches in South Yorkshire and organisations from the whole County. The Queen will personally distribute a gift of Maundy Money to 178 individuals over the age of 70 in recognition of their service to the church and community.

According to ancient tradition, the number of recipients and the amount of money are directly related to the Sovereign’s age. Therefore, as Her Majesty is 89 years old, 89 men and 89 women will receive 89 pence in specially minted Maundy Money, together with a further gift, in two specially made leather purses.

The money is specially struck by the Royal Mint for this service, and includes 3 pence pieces—which are legal tender! The 178 recipients have been nominated by churches from across South Yorkshire, and each is invited to attend the Cathedral with a guest. All of them have been chosen because of their service of church and community.

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