The Royal Visit
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex received the warmest of welcomes during their first joint official visit to West Sussex on Wednesday 3 October 2018.
The royal couple arrived in West Street, Chichester, mid-morning. Their Royal Highnesses were greeted by enthusiastic members of the public gathered along West Street en-route to Edes House.
Mrs Susan Pyper, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex and Cllr Martyn Bell, Mayor of Chichester, met the royal couple on their arrival.
Inside Edes House, the Duke and Duchess were 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 full significance of the document was uncovered by Harvard University in the West Sussex Record Office, a service run by West Sussex County Council which holds and protects the county’s archives, in April 2017. Testing and authentication work on the document was completed in time for American Independence Day, 4 July 2018.
The Royal Party then departed Chichester for Bognor Regis, where they officially opened the University of Chichester's Engineering and Digital Technology Park. The cutting edge Technology Park has been designed to offer practical experiences in partnership with local industry.
Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex Mrs Susan Pyper said: “We are so honoured to have the Duke and Duchess visiting our historic county and I know West Sussex residents were as excited as I was to welcome them here. I hope they enjoyed exploring some of the rich history of Chichester, including viewing the very special Sussex Declaration, before opening the University’s fantastic Technology Park in Bognor Regis.”