Their Majesties Visit Greater Manchester

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King Charles III and the Queen Consort during a visit to Project Zero in Walthamstow, east London. October 18, 2022.
King Charles III and the Queen Consort during a visit to Project Zero in Walthamstow, east London. October 18, 2022.

THEIR MAJESTIES THE KING AND THE QUEEN WILL VISIT GREATER MANCHESTER

Friday 20th January 2023

Engagement 1:

His Majesty The King will visit GCHQ’s Northwest hub. GCHQ, Heron House, Albert Square, Manchester.

GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) is an intelligence cyber and security agency with a mission to help keep the UK safe. They use cutting-edge technology, technical ingenuity and worldwide partnerships to identify, analyse and disrupt threats in an increasingly complex world. In addition to its intelligence and cyber work, the Manchester office is home to a new collaborative working space where industry, academia and local communities are invited in to work alongside GCHQ staff.

This builds on a series of collaborative schemes with technology start-ups, universities and schools run from GCHQ’s Manchester office including the North West Partnership for security and Trust Partnership.

Engagement 2:

His Majesty The King will visit Kellogg’s HQ to mark 100 years of Kellogg’s in the UK. Kellogg’s Plant, Park Rd, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester.

The Manchester site of Kellogg’s is the largest cereal factory in Europe and biggest Corn Flake factory in the world. Kellogg’s has been a holder of the Royal Warrant since the reign of King George VI and cereal from the business was historically delivered to Buckingham Palace in a small van called Genevieve.

Kellogg’s is currently undertaking pioneering work in the areas of sustainable packaging and energy use. This includes initiatives to ensure all packaging is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025. Kellogg’s is also working with UK farmers to improve biodiversity and engage in environmentally positive farming practices.

Kellogg’s has also long been a major supplier to FareShare Greater Manchester, who work to combat food poverty, and has worked to address childhood hunger in the UK by funding school breakfast clubs.

Engagement 3:

Their Majesties The King and The Queen will visit Bolton Town Hall to join a reception to meet representatives from the community. Bolton Town Hall, Victoria Square, Bolton.

On arrival, Their Majesties will be greeted by a civic line-up including Mr Akhtar Zaman, The Mayor of Bolton, Council leaders, local MPs and Michał Mazurek, Consul General, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Manchester, before watching a performance from the Polonez folk dance group.

Their Majesties will enter the town hall through the Hall of Memories, pausing to look at L.S. Lowry’s “Going to the Match” painting which was inspired by Bolton Wanderers Football Club’s Burnden Park ground.

Their Majesties will then join a reception in the main hall to meet several community groups including representatives from:

• Bolton Interfaith Council and Solidarity Community Association;
• Bolton Asian Elders who support diaspora groups in the city
• Bolton Holiday Activities and Food Programme who support low-income families with meals and sporting activities
• Young and adult carers in the community;
• Bolton Wanderers in the community;
• AFC Masters;
• Fortalice;
• Bolton’s Polish community;
• Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain.

Before departing, Their Majesties will be presented with the town hall key and will unveil a plaque commemorating the visit. On departure, a performance of God Save The King by the Hand Made Sign Language choir will take place.

Engagement 4:

The King and Queen will visit Norbrook Community Centre, Wythenshawe. Bordley Walk, Wythenshawe, Manchester.

Their Majesties will be welcomed by Lord Lieutenant Diane Hawkins and will tour the newly refurbished outdoor area of the community centre and sports facilities. They will then be introduced to Gareth Southgate, England football manager and Prince’s Trust ambassador, to watch young people doing sport activities in the hall and meet a group of young people who are regular users of the centre.

The King and Gareth Southgate will then meet young people from Wythenshawe and Manchester who have taken part in the Prince’s Trust Team and Explore programmes; They will also meet two young people from the trust’s Future Leaders programme and two young entrepreneurs from Manchester who have set up their businesses with support from The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme.

The Queen will join author Alex Falase-Koya and children from St Peter’s Primary School in a writing session where they will share highlights of the story they have been creating together with Alex.

Her Majesty will then unveil the Marcus Rashford Book Bookshelves, which are being gifted to the Youth Centre in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust.

Finally, the King and Queen will meet another group of young people who are involved in the NatWest Thrive with Marcus Rashford programme.

Before departing, Their Majesties will join a photograph with young people, staff and volunteers from the youth centre.

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