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The King visits Bedfordshire

Published 6 December 2022

Read more about His Majesty’s day in the county.

Luton Town Hall

At Luton Town Hall, The King met community leaders and voluntary organisations, including representatives from The Ghana Society, Royal British Legion, the Luton Town Football Academy, veterans, and cadets.

His Majesty also met Festus Akinbusoye, Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, who was previously supported by the Prince’s Trust.

Opened by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent in 1936, Luton Town Hall was designed to create a powerful and visible town centre landmark.

Guru Nanak Gurdwara

The King visited the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara, speaking to volunteers and learning about the programmes they deliver for the local community.

The Guru Nanak Gurdwara Luton provides Sikh religious teaching and practice for all members of the community and provides voluntary social services for the elderly, youth and other groups in the community

His Majesty was shown the Luton Sikh Soup Kitchen Stand, where he spoke to volunteers to understand the impact that food poverty is having on the local community.

Luton DART Parkway Station

The final visit of the day was at Luton DART Parkway Station, where The King learnt about the new cable-drawn mass passenger transit system which will connect Luton Airport Parkway rail station to London Luton Airport.

His Majesty met groups of apprentices who worked on the DART and across Luton Town - many of whom who have now transitioned to permanent employment.

There was also the chance for a ride on the DART, where The King was able to hear about the process of building the new system.

On arrival at Luton Airport, His Majesty was greeted by the Luton Airport Community including members of cargo team, airside operations, chaplaincy, tech services, security, airport fire service, local people working in the airport shops, EasyJet vaccination volunteers, Project Wingman team, Wizzair volunteers, TUI representatives and the Ukrainian Welcome Hub Team