The Royal Family are in the spotlight at King’s Lynn exhibition

The Trues Yard Royal exhibition being held in King's Lynn - Manager Lindsey Bavin with Dr Paul Richa

The Trues Yard Royal exhibition being held in King's Lynn - Manager Lindsey Bavin with Dr Paul Richards. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Royal Family have been part of Norfolk life since the 19th century, when Sandringham was bought as a home for the then Prince of Wales.

And throughout the decades, they have been captured on camera by newspaper photographers, picture studios and members of the public.

Now, more than 100 of these images, plus other exhibits, have gone on show at King's Lynn's True's Yard museum. The site, which tells the story of the town's fishing community, is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a series of fundraising events.

The oldest photograph on display is of Queen Victoria from her diamond jubilee year of 1897, while the most recent is from last year's christening of Princess Charlotte at Sandringham.

West Norfolk deputy mayor David Whitby officially opened the exhibition yesterday. Dr Paul Richards, chairman of the North End Trust, which is responsible for the museum, said: 'Most of the pictures on show have been loaned to us by about 10 people and organisations. But some of them are from True's Yard's own collection, from the two Royal visits to the museum, and from the P M Goodchild and Son firm's family collection, which is rare and exceptional.

'Many of the pictures have never been seen by the public before. The big theme is the Queen Mother. She loved King's Lynn, which I think was her favourite town.'

One of the donors, Jean Tuck, said: 'The Queen Mother once put her hand on my arm and said, 'I think you are lucky to be born in a town like this'.'

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Among those attending the launch were descendants of the Goodchild family, Jane Belfield and Jon Goodchild, who said: 'It's really nice to see the firm recognised and remembered like this.'

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