Royal visit at Lincoln’s Bomber Command Centre

There was royalty in Lincoln on Wednesday as HRH The Earl of Wessex visited the International Bomber Command Centre.

Prince Edward met staff, volunteers and the public at the IBCC, which was the first visit by a member of the royal family.

It came at the personal request of the Earl, who was particularly keen to try out his prowess on the Centre’s Bomber Crew Challenge and to experience a bombing raid through the exhibition’s immersive experience.

The Earl walked up past the Ribbon of Remembrance before spending time at the Memorial Spire, where he paid his respects to the 57,861 men and women who gave their lives while serving or supporting Bomber Command during WWII.

After making his way back to the Chadwick Centre, the Earl stopped beside the stone laid in memory of the late chairman of the IBCC, Tony Worth CVO. The Earl had met him on several occasions, whilst Tony was Lord Lieutenant.

The Earl of Wessex during his visit to Lincoln. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Earl of Wessex, Director of the IBCC project Nicky Barr and Chairman of Trustees for IBCC Richard Lake. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite