Lincolnshire

Princess Anne officially reopens Lincoln Castle

Princess Anne at Lincoln Castle
Image caption Princess Anne was invited to Lincoln Castle following its renovation

Princess Anne has officially reopened Lincoln Castle after a multi-million pound refurbishment.

The £22m works, which finished in March, included the construction of a vault for the city's copy of Magna Carta.

A new exhibition in the Victorian prison will display objects found in the grounds during the renovation.

Exhibits include a facial reconstruction of a Saxon man, whose skeleton was found in the grounds.

Image caption Princess Anne unveiled a plaque at Lincoln Castle

There will also be a bronze Roman eagle and a limestone sarcophagus on show.

Antony Lee, of Lincoln Museum, said some exhibits dated back 2,000 years.

"What's nice is we can show them very close to where they were excavated," he said.

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Image caption A skeleton found in a limestone sarcophagus could belong to a bishop or king, archaeologists believe
Image caption The Royal banner was flown from the top of Lincoln Castle to welcome Princess Anne

The reopening ceremony was open only to winners of a ballot.

Princess Anne entered the grand gate of the East Wing before greeting the assembled crowd and unveiling the plaque.

She also walked the castle walls, visited the Magna Carta vault and the Victoria Prison and is set to visit Boston Stump for a service of dedication.

Image caption The Princess Royal was cheered by children waving Union Jacks and the flag of Lincolnshire

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