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Forest of Dean to receive Royal visit

Posted on 01st April 2014

The Forest of Dean will be getting a royal visit this month from the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who are hoping to find out more about this beautiful part of the country.

Choosing to begin their visit on 24th April after families have enjoyed their Easter cottage holidays in the Forest of Dean, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie will be visiting some of the top attractions in the area and will be learning more about the history of Verderers in the areas, who protected the royal hunting forests.

The royal couple will be visiting a number of local community groups individually before meeting up to see the Clearwell Caves and learn about the area’s 4,000 years of mining history. After this, Prince Edward and Sophie will meet the Verderers, Freeminers, Commoners and Forestry Commission, before planting a couple of trees.

Local residents are looking forward to welcoming the royal couple; Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter said, “This is the first major royal tour of the Forest of Dean for many years and is a great boost to this very special area of the county.”

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