QUEEN'S NOTTINGHAM VISIT: Details of route revealed
DETAILS of when and where people can see the Queen during her visit to Nottingham on Wednesday have been revealed.
The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will start at Nottingham train station before going to the Council House and Vernon Park, in Basford.
It is hoped that hundreds of people will line the route to greet the royal party as they travel through the city.
There will be a number of road closures and travel restrictions.
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The Queen and Prince Philip are due to arrive at the station at 10.05am. They will be met by Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton and will all travel by car to the Council House.
People are encouraged to line the streets to get a glimpse of the royal convoy as it travels along Middle Pavement, Albert Street and Wheeler Gate and into the Old Market Square, near the fountains.
The royals are expected to arrive in the square at 10.10am and will spend time meeting the crowds, before going into the Council House to meet the Lord Lieutenants of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and guests.
A spokesman for the Lord Lieutenant of Notts, Sir Andrew Buchanan, said: "The Lord Lieutenant is delighted and is very much looking forward to greeting the royal party.
"He is hoping that the people of Nottingham will give them a really wonderful welcome.
"It is a fantastic opportunity because the Queen hasn't been here since the Golden Jubilee, so we are hoping that everybody is going to come out in force."
The royals will appear on the Council House balcony and the National Anthem will be played. The royal party will leave by car at about 10.55am. Spectators can see them on Queen Street and Upper Parliament Street, before they travel to Vernon Park, in Basford, along Vernon Avenue.
The park has been granted Queen Elizabeth II Field Status, which preserves parks as recreational spaces.
The royal party is expected to arrive at Vernon Park at around 11am and the Queen will unveil a plaque to mark the park's new status. They will enjoy sporting and musical performances by children from schools and groups from Notts and Derbyshire.
Members of the public will be able to arrive at the park from 8.30am and enjoy the activities from 10am to 2pm.
The Duke of Edinburgh is recovering from a bladder infection in London, and a spokesman for Buckingham Palace told the Post yesterday that there was no update on his condition.
But it is hoped that he will be able to accompany the Queen on Wednesday for her two-day visit to Nottingham and then Corby as part of her tour of the UK.
The spokesman for Sir Andrew added: "We hope that he will be well enough to come but his health is paramount. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be with Her Majesty, which is very exciting."
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 people will give the royal party a warm welcome and will be excited about getting the chance to also see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations."