York played perfect host to The Queen when she visited the city on 5 April, Maundy Thursday. She has now sent The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor David Horton a letter expressing her and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s thanks for the city’s warm and kind hospitality.
The Royal Party, including HRH Princess Beatrice of York, visited the city as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour of the country.
Cllr David Horton, spoke of the visit, “It was an incredible honour to welcome Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Party to York and we will treasure these memories for years to come”
The Queen handed out traditional Royal Maundy money to 172 people at a service at York Minster, as approximately 15,000 people gathered outside to see the historical event.
The letter from the Queen commented on the excellent reception she received at the Lord Mayor’s residence, Mansion House, and praised the work of those behind the scenes who created a lunch fit for a queen, “The splendid lunch at the Mansion House, the work of many hands, was a great highlight and complemented what was a memorable day.”
The letter continued by saying how beautiful it was in York, “On such a beautiful day, that Royal party much enjoyed the opportunity to meet and see so many of the people of York who gave them such a marvellous welcome.”
The whole city of York should be proud of the efforts put in to the visit, just another reason why York is such a brilliant place to live.