Royal Visit 2024


    Rutland welcomed Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh in May 2024, highlighting more reasons to visit Oakham and see the new Royal installations. Follow in their footsteps with this day itinerary below;

    The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh visit Rutland, 14 May 2024

    See the new horseshoe at Oakham Castle.

    A tradition dating back further than history can remember, any Peers of the Realm (such as Royalty and nobility) must donate a horseshoe to the Lord of the Manor. This impressive collection of over 230 ornate ceremonial horseshoes can be seen on the walls of the Norman Great Hall, the first dating back to Edward IV in 1470, and now the latest entry is a double horseshoe marking the visit of Prince Edward and Duchess Sophie.

    Oakham Castle is located just of the Market Place and is free to enter.

    Visit the statue of Queen Elizabeth II

    It’s a short walk through Oakham town to visit the worlds first posthumous statue of our late Queen, which was unveiled on what would have been her 98th birthday.

    Situated in the Oakham Library Gardens, accessible from the town footpaths, this installation depicts a young Queen with three of her beloved corgi’s.

    Enjoy a cruise on Rutland Water

    Once you’ve explored Oakham, pop up the road to Rutland Water’s Whitwell site and head out onto the Rutland Belle to get the best views of the water. Check out when they have special dates to enjoy afternoon tea, local gin’s or wildlife watching on-board.


    The Olive Branch Pub

    To cater for the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, The Olive Branch was called in to provide a fantastic array of local produce, including Rutland trout and Oakham made Melton Mowbray Pork Pie. You can dine at the charming country pub in the village of Clipsham and enjoy their seasonal menu from the talented team.


    For some local regal history, read our blog Rutland’s Royal Roots,

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