PICTURES: Royal family visits to Devon over the years

HRH The Queen's visit to Exeter. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 3917-18-12TI To Order a copy of this pho

HRH The Queen's visit to Exeter. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 3917-18-12TI To Order a copy of this photo visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24 - Credit: Archant

As East Devon gears up to help Her Majesty The Queen celebrate her platinum jubilee, we’ve been trawling through the archives to re-live times when the Royal Family have visited our area. 

The Queen herself, who has given 70 years of service to the country, visited Devon and more specifically Exeter in 2012 as part of a UK-wide tour to mark her diamond jubilee.

Prince Philip in attendance with the Queen during their visit to Exeter in 2012

Prince Philip in attendance with the Queen during their visit to Exeter in 2012 - Credit: Terry Ife

HRH The Queen's visit to Exeter. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 3927-18-12TI To Order a copy of this pho

HRH The Queen's visit to Exeter. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 3927-18-12TI To Order a copy of this photo visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24 - Credit: Archant


People turned out in their droves to see The Queen who has accompanied by her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. 

The Queen’s sister Princess Anne has also visited East Devon, as she was treated to a guided tour of Seaton Jurassic in 2016. 

HRH Princess Anne visited the Seaton Jurassic centre. Ref mha 15-16SH 0601. Picture: Simon Horn

HRH Princess Anne visited the Seaton Jurassic centre. Ref mha 15-16SH 0601. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

HRH Princess Anne visited the Seaton Jurassic centre. Ref mha 15-16SH 0700. Picture: Simon Horn

HRH Princess Anne visited the Seaton Jurassic centre. Ref mha 15-16SH 0700. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

The Queen’s son Prince Charles visited Exmouth on a couple ocassions, firstly in 1977 and then again to mark the opening of the geoneedle at Orcombe Point in 2018.  

Prince Charles unveils the Geoneedle at Orcombe Point. Picture: Simon Horn

Prince Charles unveils the Geoneedle at Orcombe Point. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Prince Charles unveils the Geoneedle at Orcombe Point. Picture: Simon Horn

Prince Charles unveils the Geoneedle at Orcombe Point. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Prince Charles unveils the Geoneedle at Orcombe Point. Picture: Simon Horn

Prince Charles unveils the Geoneedle at Orcombe Point. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, visited the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines at Lympstone in 2018.  

Prince Harry's first visit to CTCRM. Ref exe 37 18TI 7226. Picture: Terry Ife

Prince Harry's first visit to CTCRM. Ref exe 37 18TI 7226. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Prince Harry's first visit to CTCRM. Ref exe 37 18TI 7257. Picture: Terry Ife

Prince Harry's first visit to CTCRM. Ref exe 37 18TI 7257. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Prince Harry's first visit to CTCRM. Ref exe 37 18TI 7288. Picture: Terry Ife

Prince Harry's first visit to CTCRM. Ref exe 37 18TI 7288. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Meanwhile, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was the honoured guest at the Donkey Sanctuary a year later. 

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visits The Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Ref shs 29 19TI 9288. Picture: Ter

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visits The Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Ref shs 29 19TI 9288. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visits The Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Ref shs 29 19TI 9324. Picture: Ter

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visits The Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Ref shs 29 19TI 9324. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant