Queen visits Duchy of Lancaster Farms

Queen Elizabeth II, as the Duke of Lancaster, visited a number of tenanted farm properties in Staffordshire. The properties form part of the Staffordshire Survey, a collection of land and property assets owned by the Duchy of Lancaster and concentrated on the Needwood Estate. The Duchy of Lancaster, private estate owned by the Queen, as Duke of Lancaster, consist of rural estates comprising of 18,433 hectares of land in England and Wales and comprise commercial, agricultural and residential properties in Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Lincolnshire, and London. The title Duke (not Duchess) of Lancaster has been held by the reigning Sovereign since 1399. Earlier in the day, the Queen visited Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to meet victims of Monday’s terrorist attack.

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The Queen observed different aspects of the Duchy’s activity in the Survey, including equestrian facilities, livestock farming and the refurbishment of Estate properties for residential lettings, when she visited tenanted farm properties of the Staffordshire Survey. After the Tour, the Queen attended a private lunch for local tenants and members of the Duchy of Lancaster.

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The Queen wore a orange and blue speckled dress, blue coat, and orange hat, pairing her customary Three Strand Pearl Necklace with the Duchy of Lancaster Badge.

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