The Duke of Cambridge visited Milton Keynes on the 26th September to attend a celebratory event for the MK50 festivities to celebrate the city’s 50th year. The event displayed some of the best things that Milton Keynes has to offer, after which Prince William then visited the MK Rose; a public space in which visitors can remember and commemorate different events and people throughout the year. The Duke interacted with many different people and spent time talking to many other attendees who were lucky enough to meet His Royal Highness.
This public space was designed by artist Gordon Young, and includes a feature of a calendar in which important days that are meaningful to the people of Milton Keynes are displayed. There are 105 pillars which represent the different events that take place throughout the year, some of which are inscribed already, and others that are yet to be designated an event. During the visit, His Royal Highness unveiled a new pillar that is in honour of the city’s founders.
The viewing area opened at 8am for an eager audience to prepare for the Royal Visit. The Mayor of Milton Keynes, David Hopkins attended the unveiling and greeted The Duke on his arrival. Mayor David Hopkins said of the Royal Visit: “We’re incredibly proud of the progress made by Milton Keynes in its first fifty years and we’re delighted His Royal Highness will get to see some of our achievements first hand, and meet Milton Keynes people, during our special year.”
As part of the unveiling ceremony, Prince William honoured the celebration and the founders by delivering a commemorative speech, in which he thanked the city of Milton Keynes for inviting him to the celebrations and emphasised his admiration for the vision of the founders, and how Milton Keynes has a thriving and busy cultural scene.
MK Community Foundation were lucky enough to show His Royal Highness the International Women's Day Pillar that we are very proud to be connected with. We were honoured to witness this momentous occasion that will no doubt provide inspiration to the communities of Milton Keynes for years to come. This Royal Visit from Prince William offered a fantastic and influential way for the communities across Milton Keynes to come together and to continue the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the city.