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Richard III visitor centre 'one of best new tourist attractions' in the world

The King Richard III visitor centre in Leicester has been named one of the best new tourist attractions in the world.

King Richard III Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Travel experts from Lonely Planet singled out the £4 million centre for its innovative exhibits which showcase King Richard's life and times and the science behind identifying his remains.

A display inside the new visitor centre Credit: ITV News Central

The centre has opened following the unearthing of the remains of Richard III, who died in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

The centre features in a list of 26 of the "world's hottest new experiences for 2015" in an ebook published by Lonely Planet.

This attraction, dedicated to one of our most legendary monarchs, truly puts Leicester on the map for anyone interested in England's dramatic past.

– Lonely Planet’s Destination Editor for Great Britain James Smart


Princess Royal visits leather satchel maker in Leicester

The Princess Royal visited the business to promote the UKFT's “Let’s Make It Here” campaign. Credit: CICI PR

Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal visited a bag manufacturer in Leicester today in her role as the President of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT).

Princess Ann took time out on her tour to speak to factory staff Credit: CICI PR

Princess Anne was given a tour of the Zatchels factory in Charter Street in Leicester.

The firm was established in 2011 and now employs 65 people, making leather bags which are sold in the United States, the Far East and Europe.

HRH The Princess Royal meeting Dean Clarke, co-owner and founder of Zatchels Credit: CICI PR

Pictures: The Queen at JLR in Wolverhampton

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh are given a tour of the factory by chief executive Dr Ralf Speth (left) and chief designer Gerry McGovern (right) at the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
The Duke of Edinburgh is shown engine parts Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II signs the visitor book alongside The Duke of Edinburgh and Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Dr Ralf Speth after officially opening the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire


JLR 'extremely proud' to welcome the Queen

A new Jaguar plant will be officially opened by the Queen today. It is expected to create 1,400 jobs in Wolverhampton.

A stock photo of the Queen in a Jaguar Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

"Jaguar Land Rover is extremely proud to welcome Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to the all-new Engine Manufacturing Centre. The company holds the Royal Warrant as “Manufacturers of Motor Vehicles, By Appointment” from all three current grantors: HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.

Jaguar Land Rover is the only automotive manufacturer granted all three Royal Warrants. For nearly 900 years the Royal Warrant has been one of the proudest acknowledgements of quality around the world. It is granted to represent not only simple excellence of product or service, but also the personal preferences of the Royal grantors. A fleet of 10 Land Rovers, each bearing the Royal Crest and the Royal Standard, was used when HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh undertook their 44,000-mile tour of the Commonwealth in 1953/54, soon after the Coronation.

Since then HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family have regularly used a wide variety of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles."

– Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover
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Queen to open new Jaguar plant in Wolverhampton

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A new Jaguar plant will be officially opened by the Queen later this morning and is expected to create 1400 jobs in Wolverhampton.

The £500 million engine manufacturing centre will cover three counties - Wolverhampton, South Staffordshire, and Staffordshire.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said the plant opening was a "seminal" moment in their history, as it was the first time they had built engines in house "in a generation".

JLR is known to have strong links with the monarchy - both Jaguar and Land Rover have held Royal Warrants since 1951. A Royal Warrant is awarded when a manufacturer has counted the royal family as customers for at least five years.

Last month JLR sponsored the Invictus Games, the sports event for sick and injured service personnel championed by Prince Harry.

Bone study of Richard III show eating habits during reign

Dr Angela Lamb talking about Richard III's eating habits after a detailed study has taken place by the University of Leicester and the British Geological Survey in Keyworth in Nottinghamshire.

Experts examined chemical compounds in different parts of the Monarch's skeleton, which also revealed the King drank around a bottle of wine a day.

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