Be part of a special event as HRH The Princess Royal and HMS Albion ship's company visit Chester

28 August 2019

Chester will once again welcome the crowds in September as HRH The Princess Royal inspects the ship’s company of HMS Albion in the city’s Town Hall Square.
Taking place on Sunday, 29 September, the day will see the company of HMS Albion exercise their Freedom of the City of Chester by marching through the streets. Their sponsor HRH The Princess Royal will take the salute before inspecting the company outside the Town Hall.
A plaque to celebrate the Town Hall’s 150th birthday will then be unveiled by the Princess Royal with the Lord Mayor of Chester before she attends a special celebration event at Chester Cathedral, hosted by the Commanding Officer of HMS Albion.
And west Cheshire residents are being offered the opportunity to take part in the special day with 100 free places available at the celebration event in Chester Cathedral.
Lord Mayor of Chester, Mark Williams, said: “HMS Albion was granted the Freedom of the City of Chester in 2003 and has always enjoyed strong links with our city.
“We’re incredibly proud to host HRH The Princess Royal to inspect the ship’s company and celebrate this relationship with what promises to be a spectacular parade, as well as commemorate the Town Hall’s 150th birthday.
“This promises to be a very special event for the city and I’d encourage people to come along to town hall square to view the parade or enter the ballot to be part of the Cathedral celebration event.” 
To apply for two tickets, please email
When applying for tickets, both applicants are asked to provide the following mandatory information:-
  • Full name
  • Main residential address, including postcode
  • Contact Telephone number
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of birth
  • Email address
  • Passport or Driving Licence number
The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday, 1 September. The service will take place during the afternoon and successful applicants will be notified by email in mid-September of the arrangements. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
Successful applicants will each receive two tickets which will not be transferable.
The ballot is open to those who are resident in England (including the Channel Isles and the Isle of Man) Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland.
Tickets will be sent electronically as e-tickets to the email address provided during application. On the day, all successful applicants will be asked to bring their e-ticket with them (on a mobile device or paper copy) along with  two separate forms of valid identification; one of which must be photographic (either a passport or photo driving licence) and one of which must confirm current home address.

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