The Duke of York will give York's Millennium Bridge the royal seal of approval when he visits later this month, City of York Council revealed today.

The Duke has accepted the council's invitation to visit the £4.2m

bridge project during a trip to York and North Yorkshire on May 29.

His visit is being staged to mark the completion of the Millennium

Bridge project, which also includes the riverside Millennium walkway and cycle path.

The Duke of York will be greeted by civic leaders and will be invited to unveil a plaque to commemorate the event before attending a short reception where he will meet those associated with the scheme.

Updated: 16:13 Friday, May 04, 2001