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.