Milton Keynes welcomes His Majesty The King

    People in Milton Keynes today (16/02) gave His Majesty The King a very warm welcome as he arrived to formally mark Milton Keynes’ newly conferred city status.

    His Majesty visited The Church of Christ the Cornerstone where he was met by HM Lord Lieutenant, Countess Howe and other dignitaries. He greeted joyful crowds as local group India Day Milton Keynes welcomed His Majesty in three cultural dance forms called Bharatanatyam, Mohinyattam and Kathak.

    During the visit, His Majesty met a diverse range of community groups and organisations who were involved in the city status bid. The King also met Ukrainian refugees residing in Milton Keynes with their host families, together with local dignitaries and City Council representatives.

    Milton Keynes Mayor, Cllr Amanda Marlow introduced His Majesty The King who thanked everyone in the city for their involvement in making the bid a success. His Majesty then unveiled a commemorative plaque and signed the Church Book, which was previously signed by Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II when Her Majesty visited to open and dedicate the newly built Church in 1992.

    Leader of Milton Keynes City Council, Cllr Pete Marland says, “Our bid described Milton Keynes as a mosaic of communities united by a love of where we live, and we welcomed His Majesty The King to Milton Keynes today to showcase the real community effort that went in to achieving city status. We’re very proud of the fantastic work that local people, groups and organisations do, and today was a significant recognition of that effort.”

    Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Amanda Marlow says, “It was an absolute honour to have had His Majesty The King in Milton Keynes to celebrate us becoming a city and what makes us such a welcoming and diverse place. It was a wonderful occasion for everyone involved, especially for our residents who will cherish these memories forever.”

    Milton Keynes was named a city as part of celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in May last year.

    The council brought together more than 50 knowledgeable people and organisations to develop the bid, which also had a wealth of public support with hundreds of residents submitting photographs of their favourite local places, and a competition for pupils to design a ‘flag for MK’ running in schools. A free digital light parade and concert headlined by Sam Ryder to celebrate the honour was attended by thousands of local people in October.

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