Prince Charles to visit City Centre

The Prince Of Wales will visit the Frankfurt Christmas Market and unveil the newly restored Edward VII statue in Centenary Square on Wednesday 22 December.

The Edward VII statue, originally sited in Victoria Square, was relocated to Highgate park in 1951 during the changes being made to the square. It has now been renovated and occupies a superb site in Centenary Square adjacent to the city centre end of Baskerville House with which it blends magnificently…. definitely worth a visit with your camera.

Read more and see video of installation at Birmingham Newsroom.

Geoff Caine

4 thoughts on “Prince Charles to visit City Centre

  1. Geoff Caine Post author

    After reading this morning the promising report that Prince Charles would be doing his visit (in the Birmingham Post Daily Alert to my iphone), I set off in the freezing weather and arrived at the statue at 10:30am. Alas, I was informed firstly by a craft market stall holder and then by a security official who was at the scene that the visit had been postponed due to the weather.

    This was undoubtedly the right decision as snow was falling and the unveiling task might have looked absurd.

    Someone on Twitter pronounced that the new date would be in the new year.

    Apparently he visited the new QE Hospital, though.

    So, I used all my prepared camera equipment to photograph the Craft Market and Frankfurt Christmas Market in the city center (complete with snow).
    (Always need to “Take the opportunity when it arrives!”.)

    Pity not to see HRH but he’ll be back to the second city soon I’m sure.

  2. Lynne

    We want to see him but the 3 police officers we asked didn’t even know he was coming. The security man said he couldn’t tell us. We support the Royals and want to wave our flags. So unfair.

  3. Geoff Caine Post author

    I met an official at the statue this morning and he said times for Prince Charles’ visit to statue and Frankfurt Market had deliberately not been published for security reasons.
    Pity a few maniacs spoil things for the rest of us!

  4. Geoff Caine Post author

    I can’t find the times of this visit and neither Clarence House* nor Birmingham Council are making anything public which may be understandable to avoid terrorism or protests. But, on the other hand, what is the point in Charles unveiling the statue if nobody sees the ceremony? I also think that the local community would get more out of seeing him visit the Frankfurt Market than the stall holders many of whom are local UK citizens not German.

    *See http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/diary/wednesday_22nd_december_2010_22904845.html

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