Famous Royal Visits to Northumberland Through the Years

With the upcoming Coronation of King Charles III, we thought it would be the perfect time to look back on Royal visits to Northumberland over the years.

Charles and Camilla, Morpeth 2008

The people of Morpeth will well remember the floods of 2008, and as residents and businesses began to rebuild the town, then Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cambridge, visited to thank the emergency services for their rescue efforts. The couple gave the town a much needed boost during a difficult time.

The Queen, Holy Island 1958

When Brittania, The Queen’s Royal Yacht moored at Holy Island in 1958, Queen Elizabeth, along with 15 guests, was entertained with a coastal lunch. She visited several places, including the lifeboat station, Church and castle.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Berwick 2020

As part of their Royal train tour, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Berwick in 2020. Their tour highlighted the impact of the pandemic, and brought some much needed smiles to the region – from behind masks, in line with covid-19 guidance at the time!

The Queen and Prince Philip, Alnwick 2011

Eager crowds drew from across Northumberland in 2011, when The Queen and Prince Philip visited Northumberland, to open a new youth hostel in Alnwick, and recognise the efforts of volunteers and carers from across the region. Around 8000 attended a special party, including Geordie legend and Lord Lietenant Alan Shearer!

The Queen, Lynemouth 1993 and Ashington 2001

The Queen has also paid a visit to some of Northumberland’s traditional industrial towns. She visited the Alcan Aluminium smelter in Lynemouth in 1993, and paid a visit to Ashington in 2001, as many local residents will remember.