03:21AM, Saturday 02 February 2013
The Earl of Wessex will visit Windsor and Eton on Thursday to inspect the winning buildings and public spaces and present the awards for the Diamond Jubilee Windsor and Eton Facelift 2012 project.
The royal guest will meet representatives of the sites on a walkabout through the towns before the presentation ceremony in Windsor. He will be accompanied by Andrew Panter, Deputy Lieutenant for Berkshire and chairman of Windsor & Eton Facelift 2012; Cllr Colin Rayner, Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead; Cllr Philip Highy, Mayor of Eton; and Philip Tilbury, consultant architect to the project.
The Windsor & Eton Facelift 2012 project saw more than 160 commercial and residential buildings and public realm spaces in the Queen’s home town undergo substantial refurbishment or enhancement in time for her Diamond Jubilee last year.
The Queen made a number of official visits in the Royal Borough over the Jubilee year, including a walkabout from Windsor Castle to the Guildhall in April and the unveiling of a tribute in King Edward Court in October.
Cllr Rayner said: “We are delighted to welcome The Earl of Wessex and greatly appreciate him taking the time to view the winning entries. The Mayoress, Samantha, and I are looking forward to showing Prince Edward around the towns of Windsor and Eton.”Facelift 2012 was initiated by the Windsor & Eton Society in 2010 and has been jointly co-ordinated by the society, Windsor & Eton Town Partnership, the Royal Borough and Windsor & District Chamber of Commerce, with the support of Dulux Paints.
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