Canvey is set to get a high-profile Royal visit this week when a long-established and respected bookbinding company welcomes the Duchess of Edinburgh.

Sophie, the wife of Prince Edward, will visit the Charfleet Book Bindery on Canvey tomorrow (June 27).

The business, in Shannon Way, was founded back in 1919 and has a “long, rich history” of handmade bookbinding, producing high quality bespoke diaries, journals, luxury stationary, business gifts, and leather-bound goods.

The exact details of her visit are still unclear, but it is believed the Duchess of Edinburgh will be visiting to open a brand new state-of-the-art bindery facility.

Ray Howard MBE, who was a councillor on Canvey for decades, welcomed the news when he told the Echo last month the visit will put the island "on the map even more".

He said: “I worked hard along with others to get that business park there and it is looking very, very good. It has put businesses on the map.

“Charfleet have been on Canvey for years and years and years and have employed so many people.

“I am very pleased to hear this. She will also be able to see bits on Canvey on the way, which hopefully puts it on the map even more.”

The book bindery business introduced a special edition notebook which they say, “enforces our proud British book binding heritage”, to celebrate King Charles III's coronation.

A number of Royal Family members have visited Canvey over the years including Prince Edward, Princess Anne, and King Charles III when he was Prince of Wales.

The Duchess of Edinburgh’s husband visited Canvey Junior School as well as the flood barrier at Benfleet.

Mr Howard added: “We have had Princess Anne too - we love and welcome having members of the Royal Family visit, and it is great to hear of another.”

On the same day, the Duchess of Edinburgh will visit Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, in Ingatestone.