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13 September 2017, 17:13
A right royal visit's been announced for Milton Keynes to celebrate its 50th anniversary - Prince William's coming to mark the city's birthday.
The Duke of Cambridge is to be the very special guest at a celebratory MK50 event in Campbell Park, Milton Keynes on 26 September.
His Royal Highness will meet a number of community leaders before joining a ceremony at the Milton Keynes Rose in Campbell Park to commemorate Milton Keynes’ fiftieth anniversary, at which The Duke will make a short speech before unveiling a pillar to celebrate the city’s founders in the early afternoon.
The Duke will also attend a festival zone in the park showcasing the city’s innovations, diverse communities, cultural aspirations and green heritage.
Local people are welcome in Campbell Park on a first come, first serve basis, and around 1,200 public viewing spaces - including a dedicated area for wheelchair users (also on a first come, first serve basis).
A second public area slightly further away will have capacity for an additional 2,000 people.
The Mayor of Milton Keynes David Hopkins says:
"We’re incredibly proud of the progress made by Milton Keynes in its first fifty years and we’re delighted His Royal Highness will get to see some of our achievements first hand, and meet Milton Keynes people, during our special year.
A city that started as the dream of politicians and planners in the late 1960s is now the most successful part of the new towns movement and a cultural artefact in its own right. Milton Keynes’ founders used their ambition, creativity, dedication and community spirit to shape and animate our ‘Amazing MK’, and we’re honoured that The Duke will unveil the newly dedicated Founders’ Pillar."
David Foster, Chief Executive of The Parks Trust said:
"We are delighted that His Royal Highness will be visiting Campbell Park, one of our finest parks, and the Milton Keynes Rose. This shows the importance of the fantastic green space that Milton Keynes has to offer. We look forward to showing him the important role the landscape has in making Milton Keynes such a great place to live and work.
As an independent charity caring for over 6,000 acres of green space across Milton Keynes we are very proud to be part of such an important occasion and to welcome His Royal Highness to our parks.”
The event will also mark 10 years since William's grandmother, the Queen came to MK to mark the city's 40th anniversary, opening the stadium:mk, The Hub, and the St John’s Ambulance Centre at Greenleys. In 1979 Her Majesty opened the Civic Offices in Milton Keynes. Photographs from both years will be on display at the event.