The Queen’s visit to Leicester – timetable, parade route and more to plan your day
Those who wish to catch a glimpse of the monarch and Prince Philip as they travel through Leicester are being asked to make sure they are in place by 9am on Thursday in order to avoid disappointment.
The Queen and her husband will be travelling to Leicester Cathedral to attend the Royal Maundy Service on Thursday, and if you want to see the Queen’s limousine it will be entering the city centre at Humberstone Gate, travelling past the Clock Tower and up High Street to Jubilee Square.
There are no exact timings of the when Her Majesty will arrive, for obvious security and traffic reasons, but if you want to make sure you see the Queen you should aim to take your place lining the route no later than 9am.
Following the short parade through Leicester city centre, the royal couple will then travel to Leicester Cathedral for the 11am Maundy service, where they will be welcomed by the dean, the Very Rev David Monteith, and the Bishop of Leicester, the Right Rev Martyn Snow.
The whole parade and church service will also be shown on two giant screens in Jubilee Square and the Clock Tower, so spectators won’t miss a thing.
The Queen’s visit is her first trip to Leicester since her Diamond Jubilee tour in 2012, and as part of the church service Her Majesty will distribute ceremonial Maundy Money to 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.