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Prince Edward opens restored county museum

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 16, 2012

The Earl of Wessex cuts the ribbon at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. Later, he accepted a stunning sundial to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

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The Earl of Wessex yesterday gave the royal seal of approval to a £7 million restoration project at a Westcountry museum.

Prince Edward ushered in the new era for the Museum of Somerset when he toured the facility and cut a ribbon on The Glass Bridge, linking Goodland Gardens to the newly constructed Castle Green public space.

The Somerset date was the first stop in a day which also saw a stunning sundial gifted to the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee, accepted on her behalf by Prince Edward.

Devon has commemorated her 60 years on the throne by creating a six-metre stainless steel sundial at Roadford Lake, near Lifton. The six stainless steel pieces were incorporated to represent the six decades of reign and are surrounded by granite time pieces.

The Lord Lieutenant of Devon Eric Dancer said: "All those who visit this site from across the world, now and in the future, will be reminded of Her Majesty's 60 years of dedication and commitment to extraordinary public service and this fine county's acknowledgement of that selfless service."

Devised by Devon's lieutenancy, the project brought together local industry, craftsmen, cutting edge design and traditional skills.

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