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Route for Queen's visit announced

Published on Monday, April 3, 2017

THE parade route to be taken by Her Majesty The Queen on her visit to Leicester next week has been announced.

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are due to visit the city on Thursday, April 13, where they will attend the Royal Maundy Service at Leicester Cathedral.

Her Majesty will observe the ancient tradition of handing out Maundy Money to a group of 91 men and 91 women from the local community of pensioners – the number representing her own age in years.

Thousands of spectators are expected to line the Royal parade route through the city centre.

The Queen’s car will enter the city centre at Humberstone Gate, travelling past the Clock Tower and along High Street, with the parade ending appropriately at Jubilee Square.

Her Majesty will arrive at the cathedral for the 11am service, where she will be welcomed by the Dean, the Very Revd David Monteith, and the Bishop of Leicester, the Very Revd Martyn Snow.

Public viewing will be allowed along the entire convoy route through the city centre, although spectators can also watch on two giant outdoor screens at the Clock Tower and Jubilee Square.

The screens will also show the Royal Maundy Service inside the cathedral, as the service itself is open only to invited guests.

The Royal visit will be the first by the Queen since her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The Very Revd David Monteith said: “We are delighted to welcome Her Majesty to our community. Care for others is at the heart of this traditional Maundy Service which is full of pageantry.

“We hope many will be inspired to serve our neighbours, following the Queen’s personal example offered over so many years.”

During the service, The Queen will distribute ceremonial Maundy Money to 182 pensioners, who have been recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations, in recognition for service to the church and local community. 

The service will see The Queen hand each of the pensioners two purses – a red one and a white one.

The red one contains a £5 coin, commemorating the centenary of the House of Windsor, and a 50p coin commemorating Sir Isaac Newton. The white purses contain specially-minted silver coins, totalling 91 pennies for each recipient. 

Following the Royal Maundy Service, The Queen and The Duke will attend a community lunch at St Martin’s House at about 12pm.

An exhibition of photographs from the Royal visit will open at the cathedral on Easter Monday morning, April 17, 2017. 

The tradition of the monarch giving alms at Maundy dates back to the reign of King John in 1210. 

Further information on the event is available at: www.leicester.gov.uk/royalvisit 

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