Duke And Duchess Of Sussex’s Visit To Chichester And Bognor Regis

Prince_Harry_and_Meghan_MarkleWest Sussex is ready to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for what will be their first joint official visit to the county today, Wednesday 3 October 2018.

The royal couple are expected to arrive in West Street, Chichester, in the mid-morning. Their Royal Highnesses will look forward to greeting any members of the public gathered along West Street en-route to Edes House.

West Street will be closed to traffic from 00.01am until 1pm today. Members of the public are welcome to come and witness the special event from designated areas.

Mrs Susan Pyper, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex and cllr Martyn Bell, Mayor of Chichester, will greet the royal couple on their arrival.

Inside Edes House, the Duke and Duchess will be shown the rare Sussex copy of the American Declaration of Independence. The Sussex Declaration is one of only two contemporary handwritten ceremonial manuscript copies, the other being the signed copy housed in the National Archives in Washington D.C.

The full significance of the document was uncovered by Harvard University in the West Sussex Record Office, a service run by West Sussex County Council which holds and protects the county’s archives, in April 2017. Testing and authentication work on the document was completed in time for American Independence Day, 4 July 2018.

The Royal Party are then due to depart Chichester for Bognor Regis, where they will officially open the University of Chichester’s Engineering and Digital Technology Park. The cutting edge Technology Park has been designed to offer practical experiences in partnership with local industry.

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex Mrs Susan Pyper said: “We are so honoured to have the Duke and Duchess visiting our historic county and I know West Sussex residents are as excited as I am to welcome them here. I hope they enjoy exploring some of the rich history of Chichester, including viewing the very special Sussex Declaration, before opening the University’s fantastic Technology Park in Bognor Regis.”

Their Royal Highnesses will then depart from West Sussex and travel to Brighton and Hove in East Sussex.