Royal Visits

It is recommended that requests for visits by members of the Royal Family are made through the Lord-Lieutenant. Background information on the proposed event or organisation should be submitted at the earliest opportunity, along with a brief description of the reason for the request and the time period during which a visit would be appropriate. When making a request please bear in mind that for official openings and ceremonial events involving the Royal Family these are easier to manage when projects are complete (e.g. half complete building sites would not be ideal or appropriate).

It must be stressed that the Royal Family receives many more requests for visits than they are able to undertake and therefore success cannot be guaranteed.

Each household will hold diary planning meetings when bids received will be considered. These can be held sometimes up to 9 months in advance of the month in which a visit is requested.

No publicity at all should be given to the fact that an invitation has been extended to a Royal visitor. Even when accepted an engagement remains entirely confidential until a date is decided by the Royal visitor's private secretary who handles the publicity. The announcement takes the form of a short factual statement on the Buckingham Palace website.

The assistant clerk will advise on timescales for individual households.

The assistant clerk to the Lieutenancy, to whom all initial enquiries are to be made, is: 

Suzannah Walker
Assistant Clerk to the Lieutenancy
Cumbria House
107-117 Botchergate

Tel: 01228 221722        E-mail:


Recent royal visits

HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited Cumbria on Wednesday 25 July 2018 to visit Whitehaven Marina, St John`s Ambulance Hub at Ambleside and the medical centre at the Kendal Calling music festival site. The Duke also visited Rayrigg Gardens.

HRH The Prince of Wales visited Cumbria on Monday 26 March 2018 to attend a ceremony to unveil the official plaque to designate the Lake District National Park as a Unesco World Heritage site, visit Newton Rigg Husbandry Centre, Ullswater Steamers and James Cropper PLC.

HRH The Countess of Wessex visited Cumbria on Thursday 8 February 2018 to attend the Westmorland County Agricultural Society Ltd for their 22nd annual general meeting, followed by a visit to Carlisle Mencap to celebrate their 50th Anniversary and Annie Mawson`s Sunbeams Music Trust.

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester visited Cumbria on the 26 September 2017 (Workington Academy, Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland and Stead McAlpin & Co Ltd


HRH The Princes Royal visited the University of Cumbria, Carlisle to celebrate their 10th Anniversary and open Stem Laboratories on the 20 September 2017


HRH The Prince of Wales visited the Westmorland Agricultural Show on the 14 September 2017


HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited Cumbria on the 24 July 2017 (Dalton Community Centre, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria Crystal, Ulverston and South Tynedale Railway, Alston


The Prince of Wales completed a two day tour of Cumbria 10/4/17 and 11/4/17

Princess Royal Visits Cumbria - 21/3/17

Duke of Gloucester visited Keswick, Barrow and Maryport - 27/04/16

Princess Royal visited Riding for the Disables Association in Carlisle- 12/04/16

Prince Charles visited Cumbria for a whistle-stop tour of some of the areas most beloved spots - 23/03/16

Prince Charles visited Carlisle and Appleby to meet those affected by Storm Desmond 22/12/15

Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra KG GCVO officially opens field of remembrance at St Cuthbert`s Church, Carlisle. 15/07/15

Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra KG GCVO visits Linton Tweeds in Shaddongate, Carlisle.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex visited Wigton, Threlkeld and Carlisle during a whistle-stop tour of north Cumbria 09/06/2015

Prince Charles indulged in his passion for supporting the rural community when he returned to Cumbria 01/05/2015