Photos: The King and Queen Consort at York Minster

Photograph: Danny Lawson / PA wire

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.

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