Town is poised for royal visit

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

It is now just over 24 hours until Her Majesty The Queen visits Berkhamsted and, with final plans being made, the excitement is building.

Her Majesty is due to arrive late tomorrow morning with planned stops at St Peter’s Church and Berkhamsted School.

The Queen will inspect a guard of honour formed from the school’s Combined Cadet Force, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

She will then view displays celebrating various aspects of school life, including choral performances by St Peter’s Church Choir and the School’s Chamber Choir at St Peter’s Church.

There will also be a performance by pupils of an exert from their forthcoming production of Disney’s The 
Lion King Jr.

The Queen will attend a reception and meet members of the community, including the heads of schools and charities, before attending a lunch.

Afterwards Her Majesty will unveil a plaque to commemorate the visit, closing the day’s celebrations.

In addition, The Queen will also briefly visit the parish Church of St Peter’s to view the restoration of the Coat of Arms of Elizabeth I and unveil a new board to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen’s visit on Friday will be the first time, as far as records show, that a reigning monarch has visited Berkhamsted School.

On June 13, 1958, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother visited the boys’ school to open Newcroft, the science block, and the girls’ school to open the South Wing. On June 13, 1935, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) visited the school to officially open the gym at Castle Campus.

The last Royal visit was on April 28, 2004, when The Duke of Edinburgh opened the Knox-Johnston Sports Centre.

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> Berkhamsted High Street will be closed between the junction of Kings Road and Victoria Road from 7am until 6pm tomorrow (Friday, May 6).

Castle Street will be closed from 5.30am to 6pm tomorrow (Friday, May 6).

All parking bays within this area will be suspended from 4pm today (Thursday, May 5). Access will be mainted for residents up until 9.15am tomorrow (Friday, May 6) but there will be no access after then until Her Majesty has left.