HUNDREDS of people are expected to line the streets of Stamford on Wednesday to catch a glimpse of the Queen.
Excitement is building in the town as Her Majesty prepares for the visit to Burghley House, where she will enjoy a picnic followed by a drive through Stamford town centre.
At about 2.30pm, the Queen’s car will travel across the town bridge, up Mary’s Hill, along St Mary’s Street and St John’s Street, across Red Lion Square, on to Red Lion Street and Broad Street, along Star Lane, St Paul’s Street, St George’s Street, St George’s Square and St Mary’s Street, before heading back across the town bridge.
Police will direct people to the best places to view.
The visit to Burghley and to Stamford was organised as part of her diamond jubilee tour by the Lord Lieutenants of Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire.
Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard said: “It has been a very great joint effort. I hope for better weather and that the Duke of Edinburgh will be able to attend.”
Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth added: “I’m very excited about it like everybody else. I hope the weather is fine.”
About 8,000 people from the four counties will be at the picnic, including dignitaries, representatives of charities, school children, invited guests and Mercury competition winners.
Gates open for ticket holders at 9.30am and there will be entertainment all day, including exhibits from the Army and Lincolnshire food producers, as well as performances by two military bands. Parking within the grounds of Burghley House will cost £20 a car.
Schoolchildren including pupils from Stamford and Rutland will perform.
The Queen is expected to arrive at the house at about 12.30pm, hopefully with the Duke of Edinburgh. It follows a visit to Nottingham with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but William and Kate will stay in Nottingham.
She will visit each of the four tents representing the counties, which will have their own displays inside.
There will be big screens in the grounds of Burghley House and there will be opportunities for people at the picnic to see the Queen close-up.
Those assembled will sing the National Anthem and give three cheers. The Red Arrows will fly over the town at 2.30pm to signal the Queen’s departure from the house.
The Queen will then go on to Corby for the next stop on her diamond jubilee tour.