THE 200-strong cast of the ancient Chester Mystery Plays welcomed their guest of honour last night.
Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, joined local dignitaries, including the Bishop of Chester, at a champagne reception.
The Royal performance was a particularly poignant one as cast and crew dedicated it to the Plays' former chairman, who died last year.
John Ross held the role for many years and was highly respected for his dedication to the event
Prince Edward joined the crowd of more than 600 at Chester Cathedral Green to watch the first of two plays, The Prophecy.
Based on scripts written by a monk in the 16th Century, it brings to life stories from the Old Testament, including Noah's Flood.
During the day, Prince Edward also visited Ryfields Retirement Village in Warrington.