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The Household Cavalry’s Freedom of Entry March

Type:Ceremony

Crowds in Windsor awaiting the Freedom of Entry March

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The Household Cavalry will be exercising their right to a Freedom of Entry March through Windsor on Saturday 18 May 2019. 

This will be a “goodbye” to Windsor as the Household Cavalry, which have been based at Combermere Barracks for over 200 years, will be relocating to Salisbury Plain later this year.

This move is part of a major restructure and modernisation of the British Army which will see a number of regiments move from their current homes and relocate to Salisbury Plain, Aldershot and Catterick to form new strike and specialist infantry units.

The Welsh Guards will occupy the Barracks following the departure of the Household Cavalry regiment.

The Freedom of Entry March through Windsor will be an exciting spectacle, celebrating the Household Cavalry Regiment’s long association with the town of Windsor.

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is working alongside its partner organisations, including Thames Valley Police and the Household Cavalry Regiment, to ensure that the Freedom Parade goes smoothly and is enjoyable for those attending on the day. 

Information about the Household Cavalry Freedom of Entry Parade on Saturday 18 May 2019

• On Saturday 18 May 2019 the Freedom of Entry parade, which will comprise up to 250 marching troops, 8 mounted troops as well as the Band of the Household Cavalry, will leave Combermere Barracks on St Leonards Road at 14:30 hrs.

• The parade route will include the Long Walk, Park Street, St Albans Street, Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street and the Kings Road, with the regiment pausing briefly at the Guildhall where a Salute will be taken.

• There will also be a full rehearsal early in the morning of Thursday 16 May, with the parade following the same route.

• Crowd control barriers will be installed along sections of Park Street, Castle Hill, High Street and Sheet Street to enable people to view the Freedom Parade safely. As a result, access to a number of properties may be restricted on the afternoon. Although the footpaths will remain open, it is likely that the large numbers of people expected to line the route could make movement along footpaths difficult. There will be Royal Borough Ambassadors on the streets during the event to help reduce congestion and ensure the safety of those watching the parade. These barriers will be erected early on Saturday morning prior to the usual Saturday Guard Change. 

• For security and crowd safety reasons, the roads forming the parade route within the immediate town centre will be closed to all traffic from 14:30 hrs on Saturday 18 May 2019 (05:30hrs on Thursday 16 May). No traffic will be allowed onto the closed roads and this will include private vehicles, delivery vehicles, buses and taxis. The roads will re-open at approximately 16:00 hrs on the Saturday (07:00 hrs on the Thursday) when considered safe to do so. Please check the signage nearer the time for the exact extent of the closures and timings or refer to the council’s website.

• There will also be parking suspensions and a number of short temporary road closures in the vicinity of Combermere Barracks to facilitate the movement of the troops to and from the Barracks.

• Parking will also be suspended on the roads forming the parade route. Parking will be suspended from 12:00 hrs until 16:30 hrs on Saturday 18 May and from 00:01 until 07:00 hrs on Thursday 16 May.   It is therefore essential that all vehicles are removed when the parking suspensions are in force. Please check the signage nearer the time for the exact extent of the suspensions or refer to the council’s website. We will endeavour to contact the owners of any vehicles that have not been removed after the deadline, and before arrangements are made to remove any vehicles.

• Residents and businesses displaying Zone E and J parking permits Permit holders and affected by these parking suspensions are able to park in any on street parking space within those zones that are not affected by the suspensions.  In addition, as with previous events, arrangements have been made for alternative free parking in Victoria Street multi-storey car park for those affected residents and businesses displaying Zone E and J parking permits when the parking suspensions are in force.

• The road closure times are still provisional at the moment and may be subject to change. Further information relating to times and the extent of the road closures, parking suspensions and any further parking restrictions will be published on www.roadworks.org so please check the website for regular updates.

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