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Thousands expected for Queen's Isle of Wight visit

Thu 19 Jul 2012

Thousands expected for Queen's Isle of Wight visit

The Isle of Wight is gearing up to host an official visit by Queen Elizabeth II next week as part of her full UK tour to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets to welcome the monarch and her husband Prince Philip to the island on July 25th.

It was revealed by the Isle of Wight Council that the royal couple are going to be arriving on the Isle of Wight in Cowes aboard the Motor Yacht Leander, travelling to the island through a Parade of Sail by superyachts taking part in a regatta.

A 21-gun salute will be fired from the Royal Yacht Squadron to mark the Queen's impending arrival on the island before the royal party comes ashore at Trinity Landing.

Various civic dignitaries including Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight Major General Martin White are going to be on hand to welcome the monarch to the island.

They will be taken on a walk along the seafront, stopping to unveil a new plaque commemorating the visit and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, which is sited across from a similar marking from Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

Major General Martin White said: "It is a great honour to be welcoming Her Majesty to the island on the final day of her Diamond Jubilee tour.

"I am looking forward to introducing the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to individuals and organisations that make valuable contributions to island life," he added, noting he is sure those on Isle of Wight holidays, as well as locals, will turn out to welcome the monarch whatever the weather on the day.

People planning to attend the event in Cowes are advised to use public transport where possible, as car parking space is expected to be limited.

During her visit, the Queen will officially open a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat station.

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