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Celebrations for The Queen’s 90th birthday

7th April 2016

Categories: News

Windsor will be in the spotlight for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, with a number of events. 

On Wednesday 20 April from about 11.40am to 12.25pm The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will officially open the new bandstand at Alexandra Gardens. The bandstand was built by the Royal Borough last year and is located on the same spot as the original Edwardian bandstand. 

On arrival, the Mayor, Cllr Eileen Quick, her consort Revd John Quick and other guests will be presented to the Royal Couple. 

Her Majesty will view an exhibition about the bandstand and meet children from the six Royal Borough schools involved in designing the commemorative plaques. 

A choir, made up of 500 pupils from local schools accompanied by the Band of the Irish Guards, will perform four short songs, followed by an excerpt of Romeo and Juliet as part of the School's Shakespeare Festival marking the 400th anniversary on Saturday 23 April of the playwright’s death. The Queen will then ascend the bandstand to unveil a plaque marking the day. 

While this event is invite-only, the public will be able to view the proceedings from the western side of Alexandra Gardens and near to the Goswells Road gates, and the arrival and departure from Barry Avenue. 

Barry Avenue will be closed from 8am until 1pm or after the Royal Party have left Alexandra Gardens and car parking will be suspended from 0.01am until the road closure is ended.

Prior to this event The Queen and The Duke will be making a private visit to the Royal Mail Windsor delivery office. 

On Thursday 21 April, Her Majesty’s birthday, from about 12noon to 12.30pm, The Queen and The Duke will meet Windsor residents and visitors when they take a walk through the streets from Windsor Castle to the Guildhall, accompanied by the Mayor and consort, and the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire and his wife. 

At the foot of Castle Hill Her Majesty will unveil an information panel and officially launch The Queen’s Walkway. The 6.3km route is signed by 63 plaques, marking the Queen’s historic 63-year reign when she became the longest serving monarch on 9 September 2015.

On the Corn Exchange at the Guildhall the Royal Couple and the Mayor will meet a small group of residents who also celebrate their 90th birthday this year. 

The Royal Party will then depart the Guildhall in the State Review Vehicle and drive down Peascod Street on the way back to Windsor Castle.

Members of the public hoping to see The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on the walkabout are encouraged to turn up early to ensure they get a good view. The walkabout is expected to attract large numbers of residents and visitors all wanting to join in the birthday celebrations.

People travelling into Windsor are advised to use public transport if possible as there will be temporary road closures and diversions and the car parks are likely to be very busy.

Road closures will be in place from 9am to about 1.30pm:

  • High Street, Castle Hill, Peascod Street, St Albans Street and Park Street – entire lengths
  • Thames Street – between the B470 Datchet and High Street junctions
  • River Street – between the Thames Street and Thames Avenue junctions
  • Sheet Street – between the Victoria Street and High Street junctions.

On-street parking in a number of town centre streets – High Street, Thames Street, St Albans Street and Sheet Street – will be suspended between 9am and 1.30pm and any parked vehicles could be removed. On-street parking in Park Street will be suspended all day.

Council car parks will remain open as normal although they are likely to be very busy.

In order to offer an unrestricted view to wheelchair users the Royal Borough has reserved a designated disability area adjacent to the Guildhall.

Also on Thursday 21 April, at 2.30pm, the Royal Borough will hold its traditional 21-gun salute on the Long Walk, near the Brook Street entrance.

This public event will be launched by the Mayor, who will fire the first of the council’s mini cannons, under the experienced eye of borough bombardier John Matthews.

Children could even find themselves firing one of the cannons, under supervision. They will be picked from the crowd on the day.

Throughout the day on Thursday 21 April at King Edward Court shopping centre there will be a street gallery especially portraying the relationship between Her Majesty and Windsor.

Each of the 24 photographs in the exhibition, supported by Windsor, Eton & Ascot Town Partnership, has been taken as The Queen has carried out her civic duties or attended less formal events in and around the town.

As part of the exhibition, children will have the opportunity to make birthday cards for Her Majesty.

And on the evening of Thursday 21 April, Her Majesty, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, will light a beacon. This principal beacon, to be lit at approximately 7pm, will set in train a series of more than 1,000 beacons across the country and worldwide.

The Band of the Coldstream Guards will entertain the crowds prior to the arrival of Her Majesty.

Cllr Quick said: “This is a really wonderful couple of days for Windsor. I am deeply honoured that John and I will have the chance to meet Her Majesty, and I am sure Windsor residents will be just as excited about seeing The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in their home town.”

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