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Bishop among those welcoming Duke and Duchess of Sussex on first official visit

The Bishop of Chichester Dr Martin Warner is due to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex today as they undertake their first official visit to the county.

The Duke and Duchess will visit Brighton and Hove, Peacehaven, Bognor and Chichester, and the Bishop will be among those to greet the Royal couple during their official engagement to open the Engineering & Digital Technology Park at the University of Chichester Bognor Campus.

The Royal couple will make their way to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and will be met by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field and greeted by a civic line up including the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Dee Simson.

Their Royal Highnesses will then visit Survivors' Network, a charity that supports survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Sussex, speaking with service users, volunteers and staff.

The final engagement of the day will be a visit to the JOFF Youth Centre in the coastal town of Peacehaven. The centre is a community hub that offers a range of positive activities, a ‘chill out’ area and music practice room. They will speak to young people involved in planning a day centring on mental health.

Peter Field, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex says the Duke and Duchess are looking forward to getting to know more about Sussex and the people who live in the county. He said: “Knowing how busy Their Royal Highnesses are, it will be a great pleasure for me to welcome them to East Sussex starting at the Royal Pavilion.”

Cllr Dee Simson, Mayor of Brighton & Hove said: “It’s an honour to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Brighton & Hove on behalf of all our residents. The Royal Pavilion is an iconic palace and this royal visit will become part of its rich history.

“We gladly shared our happy wishes with the couple at the time of their wedding in May and were delighted when they were conferred the titles the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We’re incredibly excited the royal couple are coming to our city and hope this will be the first of many visits."

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