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Royal Visit planned to Festival of Flowers (posted 31 May 2012)

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Royal Visit Planned to Festival of Flowers...

Picture: Diamond Jubilee Logo 2
Diamond Jubilee Logo

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex will be visiting the Chichester Cathedral Festival of Flowers, as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, during the afternoon of Friday 8th June 2012.

They will be welcomed to the event by the Dean of Chichester Cathedral, the Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling.  The Dean said 'A Royal visit is always a great encouragement, and we are delighted that the Festival of Flowers is to be honoured in this way.  I am sure that Prince Edward and the Countess will have a memorable visit, along with the many thousands who will be attending during the course of the Festival.'

Alison Godfrey, Director of the Chichester Cathedral Restoration and Development Trust, added 'We are so proud that Their Royal Highnesses, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex are visiting the Festival of Flowers.  It is a real honour to welcome them to the Cathedral and for our Flower Arrangers, who work so hard and with such skill, to be able to meet them.'

The theme for 2012 is 'Every Book Tells a Story' and more than sixty British book titles will be on display in the Cathedral interpreted with 50,000 flowers, trees and plants.  The Festival of Flowers, the ninth Festival for the Cathedral, is one of the most successful events in the city calendar and has been described as 'The Gold Standard in Flower Festivals.'  During the three days of the event, which is the 7th, 8th & 9th June, it is hoped that more than 15,000 visitors will come to the Cathedral.  The event raises essential funds for the Cathedral's Restoration and Development Trust.

The Cathedral expect the royal couple to be particularly interested to see the interpretation of the book by Gillian Clements, 'The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.'  This will be one of the largest displays at the Festival and the lead arranger for this display, Tessa Pascoe, has taken part in all of the Festivals to date.

The Festival of Flowers will remain open during and after the royal visit, although numbers inside the Cathedral may need to be restricted a little at times.  Well-wishers who would like to see the royal party are very welcome to congregate outside the Cathedral at the front by the St Richard's statue steps and there will be people to show visitors where they can stand to see the Royal party arriving.  Access into the Cathedral may be limited during this afternoon due to the Royal visit, but the Cathedral will remain open until 7.00pm. 

Tickets can be purchased on the door, on the day.



Further infomation: Their Royal Highnesses, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex will be arriving at the Cathedral by car and will arrive at the West Door.

The welcoming and escorting party will consist of:
The Dean, the Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling,
Director of the Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust - Alison Godfrey
Flower Designer 2012 - Mrs Diana Cave
Assistant Flower Designer 2012 - The Countess of Cork and Orrey

Photo Opportunities:

There is an opportunity for a photograph of the party arriving at the Cathedral and then as they are introduced to the welc

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