Herefordshire Society: Royal visit to Hereford Cathedral

PUBLISHED: 18:02 07 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:50 20 February 2013

Large crowds gathered throughout the Close to welcome Their Royal Highnesses.

Large crowds gathered throughout the Close to welcome Their Royal Highnesses.

Hundreds turned out on a cold Friday afternoon at the end of January to welcome TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to Hereford Cathedral.

Hundreds turned out on a cold Friday afternoon at the end of January to welcome TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to Hereford Cathedral.

The Prince, who is Patron of Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust, wanted to meet those who had been involved in the development of the project to restore the Cathedral Close, funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund, and those who had generously provided the funding. During the visit Their Royal Highnesses also had the opportunity to hear the renowned Cathedral choir, visit the Icons in Transformation exhibition and to meet the team of stonemasons.

The Duchess of Cornwall, who was making her first visit to Hereford, also took the opportunity to visit the Cloister Caf and Cathedral shop, where she bought a number of items including some chocolate brownies and two Hereford Cathedral teddy bears.

Speaking at the reception, The Prince said: 'I am so thrilled on this occasion to be able to come and help mark the beginning of the Close restoration project, long overdue, but then the fact that you have been able to ensure this project gets off the ground will, I know, make the most enormous difference to the Cathedral.'

It was announced at the end of the reception that His Royal Highness had agreed to continue his Patronage of the Perpetual Trust for a further five years.

Photographs: Hereford Cathedral/Gordon Taylor

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