Unless you’ve been wearing blinkers all week you are probably aware that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are actually visiting Sussex today! Here we have the lowdown on where they’re going to be walking about…
It’s their first joint official visit, and they’ll be kicking off in Chichester at 10:45am, where they’ll be meeting and greeting members of the public gathered on West Street, as they make their way to Edes House.
At Edes House Their Royal Highnesses 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 Duke and Duchess will then travel along the coast to Bognor Regis where they will officially open the University of Chichester’s Engineering and Digital Technology Park.
Their Royal Highnesses will then travel along the coast to the vibrant seaside city of Brighton and Hove where at approximately 2pm The Duke and Duchess will be greeting members of the public gathered at Pavilion Buildings, on their way to the Royal Pavilion.
Starting its life in the mid-1780s, the Royal Pavilion was built by George, Prince of Wales, who later became the Prince Regent. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will tour several of the Pavilion’s rooms, learning more about the building’s history and the impact that it had on the social development of Brighton in the 18th century.
They will then walk to Survivors’ Network, a charity that supports survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Sussex. The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to talk to service users, volunteers and staff. Travelling further East, Their Royal Highnesses’ final engagement of the day will be a visit to JOFF Youth Centre in the coastal town of Peacehaven.
The youth centre is a community hub that offers a range of positive activities, a ‘chill out’ area and music practice room. At the Centre, The Duke and Duchess will meet young people from youth groups across East Sussex to hear their strategic plans and priorities around mental health and emotional wellbeing. Their discussions are part of Takeover Challenge day, which is a national initiative that encourages organisations to put young people into real life decision-making positions.
To keep up with the visit you can engage on social media:
Twitter: @KensingtonRoyal / @WSCCNews / @chiuni /@BrightonMuseums / @EastSussexCC / @SurvivorsnetBtn
Instagram: @kensingtonroyal / @universityofchichester / @brighton_museums