What an eventful and memorable day!
Here’s the video highlights of the remarkable scenes during the first visit to York of the new King, Charles III, and Camilla, Queen Consort.
See if you can spot yourself among the crowds!
YorkMix photographer Richard McDougall and PA’s Danny Lawson were on hand to capture these great pictures of the King and Queen Consort at York Minster today.
The royal couple were heralded by the Minster bells when they arrived. They were welcomed by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, the Acting Dean of York, Canon Michael Smith and members of the Chapter of York.
Children from the Minster Mice weekly service presented posies to the King and the Queen Consort.
After a short service of prayer, the couple met people from the area who’ve been doing outstanding work in their communities and making a difference to the lives of local people.
The King then met Minster stonemason Richard Bossons, the designer and carver of the statue of Queen Elizabeth II, and his assistant Rita Dawe.
He toured a new exhibition documenting the creation of the statue from concept through to the finished work of art.
The King then meet children young people from the Minster community and talked to staff and volunteers who met Queen Elizabeth II when she visited the Minster in 2012 to distribute the Royal Maundy.
Meanwhile, the Queen Consort will meet representatives from the military and emergency services in the city and region.
She was introduced to two pupils from Husthwaite Church of England Primary School who won a competition to design a stone carving to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
Representatives from local social action groups, refugee organisations and charities working to support some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in York and the region were alsointroduced to Camilla.
After signing the visitors’ book, the King and the Queen Consort left through the Great West Door for the unveiling and blessing of the statue.
Here’s York student Kaitlyn Beattie-Zarb, who braved the rain to see the King – and even got to ask him a question!
Roving reporter Rachel Rogers was in the crowd getting reaction from wellwishers.
Here’s Holly Kiernan and her three-year-old son Charlie – who shook the hand of Camilla, Queen Consort.
Here’s the moment the King unveiled a statue of his late mother, the Queen, on the West Front of York Minster.
The King has unveiled a statue to his ”beloved” mother for the first time since her death.
Speaking at the ceremony at York Minster, Charles said: “The late Queen was always vigilant for the welfare of her people during her life.
“Now her image will watch over what will become Queen Elizabeth Square for centuries to come.”
The 2m sculpture weighing 1.1 tonnes and made from lepine limestone from France was designed to celebrate the late Queen’s platinum jubilee and was completed in August, the month before her death.
Here are some great pictures of the King on Micklegate this morning.
He followed the tradition of so many sovereigns before him when entering through the royal gateway to York.
He was greeted by
This is what happened. The Lord Mayor inviteed His Majesty to approach the Sword and Mace Bearers at the gate where The King will touched. The sword bearer will then turn the sword while the Mace bearer will turn the mace.
Once the Sword and Mace bearers stand aside their maiesties, escorted by the Lord Mayor, entered the city. And the Town Clerk will read the ‘Declaration of Welcome’ to York.
There was drama today as eggs were thrown at the King.
It happened moments after King Charles and Camilla had stepped out of the limousine at Micklegate Bar.
As he greeted the Lord Mayor at least three eggs were thrown by people in the crowd. None hit the King or Queen Consort.
The police then waded into the crowd as the Royal party made their way through the bar.
The Lord Mayor Cllr David Carr is here with members of the civic party ready to meet the King and Queen Consort
Police are out in force here at Micklegate Bar as the city prepares to welcome the King.
Crowds are growing outside the royal gateway but there’s still plenty of room on the rest of the street.
After a gloomy start, the sun is now bathing the gathering crowd in its autumn glow.
People are beginning to line Micklegate ready to cheer the King and Queen Consort.
Victoria Charles, Lydia Burley and Rachel Rogers from YorkMix are there too, and have sent these great pix.
A reminder that lots of roads in York city centre are closed temporarily today.
Here’s what City of York Council are saying. And a reminder that all the info you need is on our post here.
Young York Minster chorister Hattie Talbot has been talking to Ben Fry and Laura Castle on YorkMix Radio about singing for the King and Queen Consort during their visit today.
She told Ben: “I’m feeling excited – very! It’s going to be so cool.”
At 9.30am, the choristers will go to the Minster to practise before the royal visitors arrive late in the morning.
She said singing in the Minster “is really cool, and echoey as well. And there’s a nice vibe.”
The choir includes 16 girls, 11 boys and “some men behind us”.
If she gets to meet the king, Hattie said she’ll ask: ‘Can I have one of your corgis?’
York has been getting a final wash and brush up ahead of the royal visit.
The cleaning teams from the York BID (Business Improvement District) were out early this morning, giving Micklegate a steam clean.
They had earlier helped to deep clean the area around York Minster.
The first people are in place to watch the unveiling of the statue by the King.
Barriers are out around York Minster for what are expected to be large crowds for the royal visit of King Charles and Camilla.
They are due at Micklegate Bar late morning, then will go on to the Minster for a short service before the King unveils the statue.
Happily the weather forecast is good – there is only a 17% chance of a shower during the royal visit, according to the BBC weather service.
Preparations are almost complete at York Minster as we await the arrival of the King.
And the statue he will unveil of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, is now covered with a purple silk cloth.
It will be this that King Charles will pull aside to finally reveal the statue, designed and carved by Minster stonemason Richard Bossons, to the world.
Previously it was hidden by a rather rougher material:
Meet the first woman in the queue to see the King at Micklegate Bar.
She is Justine Spencer, and she got up at 5am to see Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort, enter the city through the royal gateway.
Justine is a familiar figure to YorkMix readers, as the woman who looked after Gerald, the York Minster cat.
She told YorkMix: “We all got very early up out of bed and the whole family are down here to King hopefully because it’s an amazing opportunity to see him so close. I can’t wait. I’m really hoping that we get to see him today.
“We arrived at about six. So we all got up about five o’clock in the morning, which is not too bad considering if it was London, we’d have had to camp out.
“It’s really nice he’s come to York. I’m really pleased that he’s got the climate issues as a priority. I really like what he’s doing there.
“There will be a massive crowd. I’m just glad that we got here early and we have a slight chance to see him. So fingers crossed!”
The city is getting ready.
Here’s Micklegate this morning, with barriers in place for the crowds expected when the King and Camilla, Queen Consort, arrive in the late morning today.
Well, there hasn’t been one of these for a while – a right royal visit!
York is preparing for the first visit of a reigning sovereign since the late Queen distributed the Maundy Money in York Minster in 2012.
And it is our first chance to greet the new King Charles III and his Queen Consort, Camilla.
We’ll have all the coverage as it happens on this live blog – and tune into YorkMix Radio for full coverage too.