The Royal Family

Duke of Cornwall is a title in the Peerage of England, traditionally held by the eldest son of the reigning British monarch, previously the English monarch. The Duchy of Cornwall was the first duchy created in England and was established by royal charter in 1337. The present duke is the Prince of Wales, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II. His wife, Camilla, is the current Duchess.

Royal Visits

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It is the duty of the Lord-Lieutenant to meet and attend The Queen and members of the Royal family on visits to Cornwall (and the Isles of Scilly) unless the visit is a private one.

A member of the public who wishes to issue an invitation to a member of the Royal family may submit the invitation direct to the Household concerned, but Households much prefer the invitation to be submitted through the Lord-Lieutenant.  This allows the Lord-Lieutenant to offer an opinion on the merits of the proposal considered in the context of other invitations and visits.

Cornwall enjoys visits from most members of the Royal family on a regular basis.  There are approximately 10 visits a year to all parts of Cornwall, and usually the Lieutenancy can arrange these to meet the expectations of the hosts.  The Lord-Lieutenant welcomes early enquiries about potential invitations so that he can build up a sensible pattern of visits throughout the year and contact the relevant Households with comprehensive information.

The Lord-Lieutenant expects to take the lead in coordinating arrangements for the visit, and all enquiries should be directed through the Lieutenancy Office.

Guidance notes are available to help you plan for a royal visit, either by downloading from the link here or by requesting a leaflet from the Lieutenancy Office.

Future engagments can be found on the website

A message from The Queen is automatically sent on a person's 100th, 105th and subsequent birthdays.

You can also request that The Queen sends her congratulations on Diamond (60th), 65th and Platinum (70th) wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter.

The delivery of these congratulatory messages is arranged by the Anniversaries Office at Buckingham Palace.  Application forms are available online or you can write to the Lieutenancy Office who can make the application on your behalf.