HRH The Princess Royal to visit Chester


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Chester is once again expected to welcome large crowds this September as HRH The Princess Royal visits the city to inspect the ship’s company of HMS Albion.

Taking place on Sunday 29th September in Town Hall Square, the day will see the company of HMS Albion exercise their Freedom of the City of Chester by marching through the streets.

Their sponsor, HRH The Princess Royal will take the salute before inspecting the company outside the Town Hall.

A plaque to celebrate Chester Town Hall’s 150th birthday will then be unveiled by The Princess Royal with the Lord Mayor of Chester before HRH attends a special celebration event at Chester Cathedral, hosted by the commanding officer of HMS Albion.



Local residents are being offered the opportunity to take part in the special day, with 100 free places available at the celebration event being offered via a ballot process.

Lord Mayor of Chester Mark Williams explained: “HMS Albion was granted the Freedom of the City of Chester in 2003 and has always enjoyed strong links with our city.

“We’re incredibly proud to host HRH The Princess Royal to inspect the ship’s company and celebrate this relationship with what promises to be a spectacular parade, as well as commemorate the Town Hall’s 150th birthday.”

Lord Mayor Williams added: “This promises to be a very special event for the city and I’d encourage people to come along to town hall square to view the parade or enter the ballot to be part of the cathedral celebration event.”

To apply for two tickets, please email


When applying for tickets, both applicants must provide the following mandatory information:

– Full name

– Main residential address, including postcode

– Contact telephone number

– Date of birth

– Place of birth

– Email address

– Passport or driving licence number


Notes for entering the ballot:

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 1st September.

The service will take place during the afternoon and successful applicants will be notified by email in mid-September of the arrangements. (Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.)

Successful applicants will each receive two tickets which will not be transferable.

The ballot is open to those who are resident in England (including the Channel Isles and the Isle of Man) Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland.



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