Huntingdon mayor wants Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince George to come to town after royal visit

Today 17th September 2014 HRH Duke of Gloucester attends the Full Operational Capability (FOC) parad

Today 17th September 2014 HRH Duke of Gloucester attends the Full Operational Capability (FOC) parade at Pathfinder Building at RAF Wyton. After years of planning and building the Pathfinder building completed its final stages and was marked with a Full Operational Capability parade. HRH Duke of Gloucester took the salute and also unveilled the plaque marking this prestigous day. Dignitaries from the Armed Forces and Huntingdon Council were also in attendance. - Credit: Archant

With one royal visit successfully carried out, Huntingdon’s mayor wants more of the same.

Today 17th September 2014 HRH Duke of Gloucester attends the Full Operational Capability (FOC) parad

Today 17th September 2014 HRH Duke of Gloucester attends the Full Operational Capability (FOC) parade at Pathfinder Building at RAF Wyton. After years of planning and building the Pathfinder building completed its final stages and was marked with a Full Operational Capability parade. HRH Duke of Gloucester took the salute and also unveilled the plaque marking this prestigous day. Dignitaries from the Armed Forces and Huntingdon Council were also in attendance. - Credit: Archant

But next time he’d like to welcome Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge to the town.

While that visit may be a long-term wish, the visit by the Duke of Gloucester – The Queen’s cousin – was a reality as he arrived in Huntingdon on Wednesday to see the military colours recently loaned to the town.

His Royal Highness was welcomed to the Town Hall by the mayor Councillor Bill Hensley who was left impressed by Duke’s knowledge of Huntingdon.

“He was a lovely man and extremely knowledgeable about Huntingdon and the area,” Cllr Hensley said. “He knew a lot about Hinchingbrooke House and the Montagues as well as Cromwell.”

The Duke of Gloucester is welcomed by Huntingdon Mayor Bill Hensley.

The Duke of Gloucester is welcomed by Huntingdon Mayor Bill Hensley. - Credit: Archant


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After being given a tour of the Town Hall and an explanation about the Colours of the 31st Foot (Huntingdonshire Regiment), which were recently put on display after being loaned to the town council for two years, HRH was given lunch.

Before his visit to Huntingdon, the Duke visited the £20million Cambourne Village School which opened to its first students earlier this month and, after leaving the town, headed to RAF Wyton to declare fully operational the Joint Forces intelligence Group (JFIG).

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The base has been converted into a £300million intelligence hub for all the armed forces and has seen army and navy personnel relocated to the site, carrying out national and international work.

In his speech, the Duke said: “The premier facilities that JFIG now operates from are admired and valued by a number of national agencies and partners, and our thanks must go out to all within JFIG and at Wyton who have made this work.

“We live in an uncertain world and it must give you great reassurance to see this new facility, one which will allow you to be better informed.

“Those who come to work here in the future will be very grateful for all your efforts.”

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