Her Majesty The Queen to visit Bentley Motors and Jodrell Bank


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Her Majesty The Queen will visit Cheshire on Thursday 19th March, taking in the Bentley Motors factory in Crewe as well as the Jodrell Bank Observatory and Square Kilometre Array Global Headquarters near Holmes Chapel.

Her Majesty will visit the Bentley Motors factory to mark the manufacturer’s centenary.

During the visit, The Queen will meet long-serving members of staff, apprentices and members of the restoration team, before viewing some of the traditional materials used onsite.

Bentley Motors was founded in 1919, and currently has around 4,000 employees.

The company’s headquarters is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production.

Three generations of Bentley cars will be on display at the factory during The Queen’s visit – including the 1939 Corniche, the Flying Spur, and Bentley’s new concept car.

Her Majesty is expected to unveil a plaque and sign the factory’s visitor’s book during her visit.

The Queen will then visit Jodrell Bank Observatory to mark the site’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

During the visit, Her Majesty will operate the iconic Lovell Telescope – the world’s third largest steerable radio telescope – and learn about the observatory’s role in our understanding of the universe.

Whilst at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, The Queen will meet local school children engaging in hands-on science activities, before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the visit. 

Her Majesty will also plant two sapling apple trees, grown from apple pips from Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree, one of which was taken into space by astronaut Tim Peake. 

The Queen will conclude her visit to the area at the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Global headquarters – an international collaboration to deliver transformational research in radio astronomy.

The SKA Observatory Global Headquarters are located at Jodrell Bank, with co-hosting locations in South Africa and western Australia where the telescopes will be built. 

Currently, SKA is supported by 13 member countries, with over 100 organisations across 20 countries contributing to design and development.



Her Majesty previously visited Cheshire in June 2018…

In Pictures: Chester welcomes HM The Queen and HRH The Duchess of Sussex




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