Irish president to begin historic state visit in Windsor

Irish president to begin historic state visit in Windsor

Irish president to begin historic state visit in Windsor

History will be made when the first ever state visit to the UK by an Irish head of state takes place from Tuesday, April 8 - and it will begin in Windsor.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will welcome President Michael D Higgins and Mrs Sabina Higgins at the specially-built pavilion at Datchet Road.

Afterwards there will be the traditional carriage procession through the streets to Windsor Castle.

Residents and businesses will be sent information booklets so they are aware of the arrangements for the day and for the rehearsal on Thursday, April 3.

Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Andrew Jenner will be part of the official welcoming ceremony at the pavilion.

He said: "It is a great delight that Windsor has been chosen for the first day of this historic state visit. I think it demonstrates the town's importance to our monarch and I look forward to issuing a warm Royal Borough welcome to President and Mrs Higgins."

The processional route will include Datchet Road, Thames Street, High Street, Park Street and the Long Walk to Windsor Castle.

Road closures will be in force on rehearsal day from 8.45am to 3pm and on the day of the visit, Tuesday, April 8, from 9.45am to 3pm.

As well as the procession route itself, roads affected are: Castle Hill, Thames Avenue, Barry Avenue, River Street, Goswell Road, Farm Yard, B470 King Edward VII Avenue and B470 Windsor Road, Datchet.

To allow for troop movements there will be No Waiting in force from 6am to 2pm on Thursday, April 3, and from 6am to 3pm on Tuesday, April 8, on parts of the A308 at Osborne Road and Frances Road.

The troop movements will also mean short closures at Albert Road, between the entrance to Shaw Farm and the Osborne Road junction; Kings Road between the Bolton Road and Osborne Road junctions; the entire length of Osborne Road; Alma Road between its junctions with Goslar Way and Osborne Road and St Leonards Road between the Bolton Road and Alma Road junctions. Drivers are advised to avoid the area during these times.

Parking will be suspended in all the affected roads during the closures.

Most Royal Borough car parks will be open as usual, with the exception of River Street, Romney Lock and King Edward VII Avenue.

On-street parking in certain parts of the town centre will be suspended and free parking offered elsewhere.

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