Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, visited Poundbury in Dorset today.
Poundbury is an urban extension to the Dorset county town of Dorchester, built on Duchy of Cornwall land according to architectural principles advocated by The Prince of Wales.
Construction of Poundbury began in 1993 after The Prince of Wales became concerned by the quality of both the natural and built environments in which we live.
Arriving by train, Her Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses toured Queen Mother Square, meeting Duchy staff, architects, builders and contractors alongside local residents, business owners and staff. The Prince of Wales showed his family around part of the development, describing the principles behind it, which were outlined in his book ‘A Vision of Britain’.
Before The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh departed Poundbury, Her Majesty unveiled a statue of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother created by sculptor Philip Jackson.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall then officially opened The Duchess of Cornwall Inn, which will be a pub for the local community and will also offer accommodation and restaurant facilities. Named at the suggestion of The Prince of Wales in honour of Her Royal Highness, the new inn is located in the heart of Poundbury, on Queen Mother Square.
During the Royal visit to Poundbury in Dorset today, The Prince and The Duchess officially opened The Duchess of Cornwall Inn. The new inn will be a pub for the local community and offers accommodation and restaurant facilities. Named at the suggestion of The Prince of Wales in honour of Her Royal Highness, the new inn is located in the heart of Poundbury, on Queen Mother Square.
A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the opening of Queen Mother Square in Poundbury
Published on 27th October 2016
Your Majesty, Your Royal Highnesses, My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is a great honour that Your Majesty is able to be with us today – eighteen years after you first came here – for such an important occasion in the history of Poundbury, on the edge of the historic town of Dorchester. Twenty-five years ago all this was a mere dream – to most people, except for the late Sir David Landale (the then Duchy of Cornwall Secretary), a completely mad dream.
Battling against the tide is an uncomfortable experience, I can assure you, and for that reason I am indebted to both the brilliant master-planner and conventional mould-breaker, Leon Krier, and to Andrew Hamilton, the long-suffering and highly professional Development Director, for helping to make the dream a reality.
Over twenty-five different architectural practices have been involved – including, importantly, several of the architects trained at my old Institute of Architecture – but in this Square I am enormously grateful to Quinlan and Francis Terry and to Ben Pentreath for their genius in designing the buildings to create such a sense of place.
Of course, without the dedicated efforts and loyalty of the builders – C. G. Fry and Son, Morrish Builders, Woodpecker Properties (in the person of Derek Newell) and ZeroC (in the shape of Kim Slowe), none of this would ever have been achieved to such a high standard of quality. I am deeply grateful to their teams of skilled craftsmen, many of them local Dorset men through and through.
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