The Queen’s Herefordshire timetable revealed

Details of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to the county on Herefordshire Diamond Day, Wednesday, July 11, have been revealed.

During their time in the county they will officially declare the restored Cathedral Close open, be welcomed to the King George V playing fields by a choir of a thousand local voices, meet representatives from all corners of the county, shake hands with volunteers and meet the crew of the Wye Trow which took part in the Thames Pageant.

“We’re privileged to have The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the county as part of their tour of the UK to mark the Diamond Jubilee,” said Lady Darnley, the Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, who will welcome the Royal visitors.

“We want to make their time in the county very special and I know that they’re going to get a real taste of Herefordshire as we have some very exciting displays and performances lined up,” she added.

For those wanting to see The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, there will be plenty of opportunities as the Royal train arrives in Hereford at 10am before the Royal visitors travel by car along Commercial Road before crossing into Commercial Street and passing the black and white house in High Town.

Their car will then travel along High Street and turn into Broad Street before arriving at Hereford Cathedral 15 minutes later (10.15am) where The Queen will unveil a plaque officially declaring the new Cathedral Close open.

They will then travel to the King George V playing fields, arriving there at 10.40am where they will be greeted by a parade of entertainers before visiting marquees representing various corners of the county.

“It’s a real honour to be able to welcome The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to Hereford on such a special occasion. I know that we will give them a really warm and enthusiastic welcome,” added Lady Darnley.

With more than 20,000 visitors expected to visit Herefordshire Diamond Day, special traffic arrangements are being put into place with extra car parks being laid on. Further details will be published in local newspapers.

For full details of these traffic arrangements and a rundown of the entertainment programme on the King George V playing field, visit www.herefordshirediamondday.co.uk.

Herefordshire Diamond Day – timetable

10am Royal train arrives at Hereford train station – received by Lady Darnley, Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire who will present various dignitaries

The Royal party leaves the train station by car

10.15am The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Cathedral Close – received by The Right Rev Anthony Priddis, Bishop of Hereford, and the The Very Rev Michael Tavinor, Dean of Hereford, who will present senior cathedral staff followed by viewing of Cathedral project master plans

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will meet key players involved in the Cathedral Close work

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will move to West End pavement to reveal a plaque, sign the visitors’ book and receive a gift

10.35am The Royal party leaves the cathedral by car

10.40am Arrive at King George V playing fields. Robert Tabor, chairman of Wye Trow project and members of the Trow crew, are presented to The Queen

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh view parade

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit marquees representing various corners of the county

Members of faith groups in Herefordshire are presented to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh

The Lord-Lieutenant presents representatives of voluntary organisations

11.15am The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh depart by car