Rutland-based CS Ellis Logistics welcomed HRH The Duke of Gloucester at its primary operating site in South Luffenham, Rutland, as part of the company's 90th anniversary celebrations.
The CS Ellis family and team showcased the company's newly branded fleet livery, displayed on its 90th anniversary DAF tractor unit and trailer.
The Duke (pictured left) was also treated to a viewing of a collection of vintage vehicles from CS Ellis Logistics' heritage fleet, including the iconic “Prince of Rutland”, a 1960 flatbed, the regal “Her Majesty” a 1934 Foden R Type, and the historic and award winning FP4, a 1899 Decauville French vintage car that was the first vehicle registered in Rutland.
CS Ellis Logistics chairman Trevor Ellis (pictured right) and his son and CS Ellis chief executive Chaz Ellis (pictured centre) welcomed the Duke of Gloucester to the company's premises.
Chaz Ellis praised the Duke’s genuine appreciation for the company's rich heritage and his keen interest in the logistics industry.
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The Duke was also presented with gin from the group's distillery business, Multum Gin Parvo, as well as roses from Rutland Garden Nursery, which is another subsidiary of the CS Ellis Group.
Lord-Lieutenant Dr Sarah Furness also attended the event. She said: “Today’s visit has been an extraordinary and momentous occasion. We were honoured to extend a warm welcome to His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, introducing him to one of Rutland’s longest standing and largest businesses CS Ellis Logistics.
"CS Ellis Logistics rich history is a beacon of the harmonious blend of tradition and innovation that Rutland has to offer.
"We are so grateful for the Duke’s presence and opportunity it provided to showcase the businesses that we have leading our county forward but still personify the essence of Rutland."