http://www.nottinghamcity...ndex.aspx?articleid=18571Nottingham to give Jubilee welcome to Royal visitors
Jubilee joy is coming to Nottingham next month when it hosts a visit by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Throngs of people are expected to welcome the Royal party when it visits Nottingham on Wednesday June 13th as part of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour of the country.
The city is hosting the visit on behalf of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby City and Derbyshire and working with their Lord Lieutenants. It is one of the few places which will welcome Prince William and his wife Catherine as well as The Queen and Prince Philip - adding extra excitement to the occasion.
The last time The Queen visited Nottingham was ten years ago during her Golden Jubilee celebrations when she officially opened the National Ice Centre.
The Royal visitors will arrive by train and travel by car to the Old Market Square when spectators will get a chance to see the Royal convoy. The Royals will then spend time greeting the crowds in Old Market Square, before going into the Council House to meet the Lord Lieutenants of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and invited guests.
Crowds will get another glimpse of the special visitors when they appear on the Council House balcony.
The Royal party will then travel to Vernon Park in Basford which has been granted Queen Elizabeth II Field Status, meaning it will be protected for future generations to enjoy.
Along with Woodthorpe Grange Park in Sherwood, Vernon Park has been granted the new status under the auspices of the QE2 Fields in Trust organisation, of which Prince William is patron. Vernon Park, which holds green flag status, has recently benefited from a new outdoor gym as well as a new boardwalk, planting and sculptures to revitalise the pond area.
The Queen will unveil a plaque to mark the park's new status and the Royal party will enjoy sporting and musical performances by children from schools and groups from Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire, before departing.
Nottingham City Council Leader, Councillor Jon Collins, said: "As the capital of the East Midlands, it's great Nottingham's playing host to this Royal visit. I'm sure that local people will give the Royal party a warm welcome and will be excited about getting the chance to also see Prince William and Catherine as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said: "It is a tremendous honour for Nottinghamshire to welcome HM The Queen in this special year, following previous visits to mark both the Silver and Golden Jubilees.
"With the visit coming little more than one week after our Jubilee Beacon event and two weeks before the Olympic Torch Relay, June promises to be a truly memorable month for Nottinghamshire residents and a tremendous opportunity to experience history in the making."
The City Council's Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Councillor Dave Trimble, added: "I'm pleased the visit will be marked by the ceremony at Vernon Park, which I understand is one of the few Queen Elizabeth II Field Status parks which will be given the Royal seal of approval from the Queen herself, and provides an opportunity for Nottingham's citizens to play a part in the country's Jubilee celebrations."
The announcement comes as Nottingham gears up for a fantastic weekend of events over the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday.