Prince Philip in Lancashire: A look back at the Duke of Edinburgh's many visits to our county

Philip, 99, was the longest-serving consort in British history.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 1:45 pm
Back in 1979, Preston received a Royal Visit. In the above photo, Teresa Wilson is seen serving H.R.H. Prince Phillip a pint at the rehabilitation facility, Dovedale Avenue, Ingol
Back in 1979, Preston received a Royal Visit. In the above photo, Teresa Wilson is seen serving H.R.H. Prince Phillip a pint at the rehabilitation facility, Dovedale Avenue, Ingol

The duke and the Queen were married for more than 70 years and Philip dedicated decades of his life to royal duty, serving the nation at the monarch’s side.

Many of those visits were to Lancashire and here we look back fondly at some of the times we hosted the royal couple.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in Blackpool, arriving at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool, for a royal visit in 1994
Ribbleton Lane, Preston April 13, 1955 Crowds gather at the junction of Deepdale Road and Ribbleton Lane to catch a glimpse of the Queen and Prince Phillip during the Royal tour of Lancashire.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visit Jungle Jims at Blackpool Tower
The Royal visit to Preston, 1949
The Queen presents the FA Cup to Blackpool captain Harry Johnston watched by the Duke of Edinburgh and Lord Derby. Blackpool V Bolton FA Cup Final 2nd May 1953
The Royal visit to Preston, 1949.
The Royal visit to Preston, 1949
The Duke of Edinburgh shakeing hands with Blackpool's Stanley Matthews before kick off in the Cup Final in 1953
Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh during their visit to the Burnley College and UCLan in 2012
Queen Elizabeth II, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales (hidden right) make their way along the Leeds and Liverpool canal on the barge 'Pride Of Sefton', during a trip to Burnley, Lancashire
Queen Elizabeth II, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales make their way along the Leeds and Liverpool canal on the barge 'Pride Of Sefton', during a trip to Burnley, Lancashire
The Queen visits Blackpool Winter Gardens for the Royal Performance in 1955
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II at a royal visit to Rossall School in 1994
Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, at the opening of the new library at Preston Polytechnic, now the University of Central Lancashire, in 1979
Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, at the opening of the new library at Preston Polytechnic, now the University of Central Lancashire, in 1979
Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, at the opening of the new library at Preston Polytechnic, now the University of Central Lancashire, in 1979
Keeping a safe distance, HRH The Duke Of Edinburgh meets "George" a Giant Congo Millepede held by student, Anne Hardman, watched by HND animal management and welfare student, Laura Wood, during Friday's Royal visit at Myescough College
The Queen and Prince Philip leave Myerscough College after Friday's Royal visit.
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh offically opened the library at Preston Polytechnic
The Queen is presented with a painting during her visit to Preston
The Queen and Prince Philip during their visit to Preston
The Queen and Prince Philip meet the crowds during their visit to Preston in 2002
The Queen and Prince Phillip on the steps of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston
The Queen and Prince Phillip on the steps of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston in 2002
Prince Phillip talking to the crowds on Friargate in Preston
Prince Phillip talking with the crowd on Friargate in Preston in 2002
The Queen watches as Prince Philip signs a visitors book during her visit to Myerscough College in Bilsborow, Preston.
Visit to Blackpool on 22 July 1994
Thomas M Nutbrown, managing director of the Blackpool utensils manufacturing firm of the same name, with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Ideal Home Exhibition , London in 1957
Preston Mayor Joe Hood greets the Queen in June 1977
The Queen visits Preston, with Mayor Alderman R Ainsworth, left. 1949
The Duke of Edinburgh opens Witchwood woodland walk, which runs from Skew Bridge in Ansdell to Lytham Railway Station). historical dated 4/5/74
The Duke of Edinburgh opens Witchwood woodland walk, which runs from Skew Bridge in Ansdell to Lytham Railway Station). historical dated 4/5/74
Duke of Edinburgh opens Woodland Walk 4/5/74
The Duke of Edinburgh visited Rossall School in Fleetwood this morning, before travelling on to a BLESMA function at the Norbreck Castle Hotel. Pic shows the Duke sharing a joke with some Blackpool pupils currently taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh looking at the first nineteen squares of the new Golden Tapestry that have been completed. moor park junior school blackpool have contributed to the tapestry
The Duke of Edinburgh meets the Blackpool Team during the 1953 FA Cup final between Blackpool and Bolton
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip) on their way to the Royal Command Performance at the Opera House Blackpool on 14/04/1955.
The Queen arrives at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, for the The Royal Variety Performance. Prince Phillip jokes with Frankee Carson (6), Tara Carson (8) and Hannah Carson (10). Also pictured is comedian Frank Carson.
Harry Johnston presents his team to the Duke of Edinburgh during the 1953 cup final between Blackpool and Bolton