Prince Edward in Lancashire for Diamond Jubilee celebrations

Prince Edward
Image caption Prince Edward will spend two days in Lancashire

The Earl of Wessex is visiting Lancashire, 60 years to the day since his mother, the Queen, acceded to the throne.

Prince Edward will open Lancashire House in Accrington, the county council's customer service centre, as part of a two-day visit.

He will then visit Blackburn to officially open the Youth Zone, a £7m facility for young people

On Tuesday, his engagements will take him to north Lancashire and Blackpool.

He will plant an oak tree at St Margaret's Church of England Primary School, Hornby, to officially mark the beginning of Lancashire's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Later he will tour Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and open the resort's new wedding chapel on the promenade.

The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Charles Shuttleworth, who is hosting the visit, said it was "going to be a very exciting year".

"The visit gives tremendous encouragement to people who otherwise might not get recognition for what they're doing," he added.

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