The Queen Visits Cumbria

One of Windermere’s historic steamers welcomed two very special visitors; Her Majesty The Queen and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

MV Teal, the largest steamer ever built for the lake, hosted the two Royal guests on a cruise from Bowness-on-Windermere up the lake to Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre. It is the second time The Queen has travelled on board the Teal, having previously sailed from Ambleside to Bowness with The Duke of Edinburgh back in August 1956.

Duke & Duchess visit church

It was an incredibly exciting day in Cumbria when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a royal visit on Tuesday 11th June. The couple traded in their gowns and jewels that they had worn 3 days prior for the Queen’s birthday celebrations for casual jeans and country boots as they arrived in Cumbria to greet the locals.

Visitors from across Cumbria – from Workington in the West to Penrith in the East flocked to Keswick town centre to welcome the royal couple as they met local heroes in the Market Square. The couple were in the area to pay tribute to the hardworking farming communities in the Lake District and they even got a little flavour of farm life themselves!

The Duchess of Cambridge braved new heights as she tried out abseiling on a visit to the Lake District.

Kate took the plunge at Cathedral Quarry in Little Langdale, Cumbria, after having a go at mountain biking with a group of Air Cadets on Tuesday.

Thirteen-year-old Itelouwa Odipe, from Lancaster, spoke to the duchess, who is Honorary Air Commandant of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, as she waited to try abseiling.

He said: “She was about to abseil and I was next in line so she asked me if I wanted to go before her. I was a bit scared so I said no.

“She said if I did she would meet me down there.”