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You may by now be aware of the impending Royal Visit of The Earl and Countess of Wessex on 24th April 2014.
The royal couple will have lunch at The Speech House Hotel before being escorted in to the Verderers Court, where they will meet the Verderers and various members of local organisations connected to the Forest of Dean.
They then will be escorted across the road opposite the Speech House where they will be invited to plant two oak trees. It will be exactly 57 years to the day from when HRH Queen Elizabeth II visited the Forest and planted two oak trees.
Following the planting of the oaks their Royal Highnesses will be invited by Owner of the Speech House, Mr Peter Hands, to unveil a plaque on the newly refurbished Obelisk which marks the centre of the Forest.
The refurbishment was the idea of Speech House owner Peter Hands, who has been working closely with Mr Nick Horton Proprietor of Forest Pennant Stone Works, who are carrying out the cleaning and replacement of the grade II obelisk, free of charge as a community project, together with the Forestry Commission. “It has been a long process getting all of the various consents and parties together, but it will have been very worthwhile, as this obelisk is the most important monument in the Forest” said Peter.
Everyone is welcome to extend a warm Forest welcome to the Royal couple and watch them plant the oak trees and the unveiling, which should commence around 2.15-2.30pm on the 24th April 2014.