The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in Pembrokeshire

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  • The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are visiting Pembrokeshire today.

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We're going to end this blog now, but look out for more articles and galleries on the rest of the royal visit - coming soon!

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Western Telegraph: The Queen visits Cotts Equine Hospital

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Our gallery of pictures of The Queen visiting Cotts Equine Hospital this morning can be seen by clicking on this link.

Among the people and horses she was introduced was Grand National favourite Teaforthree trained here in Pembrokeshire by Rebecca Curtis.Western Telegraph:

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She was helped with the opening by children from three of the town's primary schools.

Among the other people she was due to meet are Cllr Pam George, chairman of the town's Bicentenary committee and events co-ordinator Martin Cavaney - more used to being behind the camera for royal visits in his day job as a press and PR photographer!

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This afternoon the Queen has been opening the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre and unveiling a 'Timeline Wall' celebrating the town's 200 years of history - much of it in service to 'Crown and Country'.

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This afternoon the Royal Couple will be heading for the Royal Dockyard at Pembroke Dock. They are due to visit the dockyard's chapel which has been restored.

It's a very special year for Pembroke Dock - which is marking its bicentenary this year, 200 years.

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The couple have been joined for lunch by 31 guests invited by Pembrokeshire County Council. The Picton Castle Trust is being represented at the lunch by Nicky Philipps and her mother Susie Philipps.
Lunch is being cooked and presented by Picton Castle Restaurant chef, Maria Grimwood.

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Lunch is at Picton Castle where the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh took a short tour of the Library, Great Hall and White and Gold drawing room first.

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This morning the Queen visited Cotts Farm Equine Hospital at Roberston Wathen where those greeting her included racehorse and Grand National favourite Teaforthree trained by Pembrokeshire based trainer Rebecca Curtis.

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The Duke's first stop was Puffin Produce. He's pictured here being shown round by Puffin's Huw Thomas. Picture: Harry Williams Western Telegraph: HRH Duke of Edinburgh with Huw Thomas at Puffin Produce Picture: Harry Williams Photography’Photography’

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The Queen was greeted by a welcoming crowd when she arrived at Haverfordwest Railway Station earlier this morning.Western Telegraph: STATION VISIT: The Queen was met off the train by the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed. PICTURE: Western Telegraph. (5743812)Western Telegraph: FLYING THE FLAG: Children from Prendergast School were among those greeting The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. PICTURE: Western Telegraph. (5743770)

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The Hook school kids were six year olds Lily Ramsey and Rhys Jones. 'He said thank you very much' said Rhys.

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The Duke is leaving now. Everyone agrees it was a wonderful visit.

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Almost met the Duke! He passed by the local journalists but I was live tweeting and failed to catch his eye!

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Pupils from Hook School are presenting the Duke with a model wagon commemorating the school's 100 year anniversary

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Now he is greeting a long line of growers and their families, including a baby.

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The Duke has just unveiled a special plaque to commemorate his visit. A member of staff was steadying the easel holding the plaque, and the Duke joked "Don't you trust it?"

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The Duke is speaking to Puffin Produce staff Chris Chunk and Bev Humphries.

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Now the Duke is looking at a conveyor belt transporting bags of potatoes. Its the packing machine. The Duke spoke to staff member Lucy Parr.

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Now visiting the potato grading room, it's quite loud!

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The Duke is now looking at state of the art machinery in the factory.

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Head of Spittal School John Palmer said he is excited for the children and thinks they will remember the experience for the rest of their lives.
Puffin Produce has known about the visit for three weeks. They have carefully planned the visit to allow the Duke an overview of everything the company does. He has arrived.
He has been greeting the company directors accompanied by Sara Edwards, in her office as deputy lieutenant of Dyfed.
The Duke is looking at a beautiful display of the company's Blas y Tir brand. And was heading for the cold store.

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Excitement has been building at Puffin Produce this morning. Children from Hook and Spittal school getting very excited and practising waving their Welsh flags.

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