Liverpool’s Albert Dock has changed its name to become The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.
Located on Liverpool’s Unesco World Heritage Waterfront, the dock is home to the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the country.
It said the new name “acknowledges the high standards represented by Albert Dock and highlights the numerous current and former sovereigns who have recognised the importance of the Dock both for its historical and architectural significance and its place within Liverpool”.
Albert Dock requested royal status as part of its preparations for a year of celebration in 2021 – 175 years since the dock was officially opened by Albert, Prince Consort, in 1846.
Sue Grindrod, chief executive of The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, called the news a “game-changer” for the dock, the city and wider Liverpool city region.
She said: “I cannot tell you how happy we are that Her Majesty The Queen has bestowed this honour on Albert Dock.
“It marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the dock’s history, highlighting the important role heritage tourism can play within the city and city region context, and firmly repositioning the dock on the international stage.”
Steve Rotheram, metro mayor of the Liverpool City Region, added: “The new royal status is a vote of confidence in an attraction that has become an iconic representation of not just Liverpool city centre’s recent renaissance but the continuing success of the Liverpool city region as a whole.”
Pictured from left: Peter Woods, High Sheriff of Merseyside; Simon Moscow, of Aberdeen Standard Investments; Sue Grindrod, The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool; Gary Millar, deputy mayor of Liverpool; Michael Parkinson, ambassador for the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice; and Steve Rotheram, metro mayor of the Liverpool City Region.