In a momentous occasion for the Dorset community, King Charles III and Queen Camilla graced the recently completed Poundbury development with their presence. This marked their first visit to the thriving community on the outskirts of Dorchester since their ascension to the throne.
The highlight of their visit was the royal unveiling of exquisite bronze reliefs, featuring lifelike portraits of the King and Queen. The artwork, masterfully crafted by renowned sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, adorns a plinth that serves as the crowning touch to the Queen Mother Square, the beating heart of the development.
Further adding to the excitement of the day, King Charles III revealed a bust of his late father, the Duke of Edinburgh. This newly minted edition of a work originally crafted by Frances Segelman in 2000, is now a central feature in a freshly curated garden named in honour of the Duke.
The Royal couple had a charming interaction with a group of residents, casually clad in bathrobes, who were indulging in a relaxing spa session. Their down-to-earth approach and genuine interest in the wellbeing of the locals were warmly received by the Dorset community.
Adding a touch of youthful energy to the day, the King and Queen were treated to a heartening performance by the talented children from Damers First School. The young choristers performed “Sing For The King”, a song specially composed to celebrate the King’s coronation.
The Poundbury development, which broke ground in 1993, is a testament to the architectural principles strongly advocated by King Charles III. The plinth, apart from showcasing the royal portraits, also pays tribute to the dedicated individuals who played pivotal roles in bringing the Queen Mother Square to life.
The royal visit was a significant milestone, not only for Poundbury but also for Dorset, bringing a sense of excitement and renewed pride to the local residents. The event marked a new chapter in the life of the community, symbolising the blend of tradition and progress that defines Poundbury.
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