06:02AM, Wednesday 11 April 2012
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are to walk through Windsor at the end of the month.
In a special nod to the town they consider home the royal pair will walk from Windsor Castle to the Guildhall on Monday, April 30 - a full month before the official Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
It will be a welcome echo of the memorable occasion on April 21, 2006 when the Queen walked through the town to celebrate her 80th birthday.
This time, nine days after celebrating her 86th birthday and with her 90-year-old husband at her side, the Queen will once again leave the castle to meet her subjects up close. Last time she and the Duke delighted the waiting crowds by making personal contact, taking the hands of enthusiastic supporters who had made it to the front of the barricades.
Supporters will be hoping she does the same this time.
The Queen and Prince Philip will leave the castle and be met by the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mary Bayliss, and the Royal Borough mayor Cllr Asghar Majeed.
During the walk The Queen and Prince Philip will greet representatives of Windsor organisations and residents of and visitors to the Royal Borough.
At the Guildhall the royal couple and the mayor will meet a small group of borough residents turning 60 or celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary within a couple of months of the Jubilee.
Cllr Majeed said: “This is really exciting news for Windsor. I am deeply honoured that the Mayoress, my sister Naheed, and I will have the chance to meet Her Majesty again, and I am sure Windsor residents will be just as excited about seeing The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh walk through the streets of their home town.”
The Queen’s last official visit to Windsor was in December when Her Majesty officially opened the Windsor and Royal Borough Museum in the Guildhall.
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