The residents of a village in east Northamptonshire will welcome a royal guest as part of his cousin the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester will return to the village of Barnwell to officially plant a tree to mark seven decades on the Queen’s throne.
The Duke and his family lived at Barnwell Manor for many years and he married at St Andrew’s Church in 1972.
Prince Richard will be received at Parish Hall on Tuesday May 24 where he will plant a tree. After the event, children from the village’s Barnwell Little Elms Preschool will ask him questions about the Queen and her historical reign.
Tree planting marks the start of Barnwell’s planned anniversary celebrations. The village is also planning a huge tea party over the anniversary weekend, as well as an arts, crafts and history walk through the village.
A community orchard of 70 fruit trees is planned to be planted in the fall as part of the Queen’s Canopy event. It is hoped to get the whole village involved in the planting and maintenance of an area located to the side of the village hall field.
The Duke is invited to tour the grounds with a small exhibition in the hall. The hall had been opened by his mother, Princess Alice, in 1991, further expanding Barnwell’s royal connections.
Prince Richard was the second son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester – his father was the third son of King George V and Queen Mary.
He is currently 31st in line to the British throne and the highest person on the list not to be a descendant of George VI, who was his uncle.
At the time of his birth he was fifth in line to the throne, behind his first cousins Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Princess Margaret, his father, and his older brother Prince William of Gloucester.
Born in Northampton, he grew up at Barnwell Manor and now resides at Kensington Palace.