Queen is coming to Burghley House for diamond jubilee tour

Burghley House from the private south gardens 'Photo: SM090411-018js
Burghley House from the private south gardens 'Photo: SM090411-018js
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THE Queen will visit Burghley House as part of her diamond jubilee tour in June.

THE Queen will visit Burghley House as part of her diamond jubilee tour in June.

Her Majesty will make a stop at the house for a picnic organised by the Lord Lieutenants of Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire.

People from all four counties will be invited to attend the picnic in the grounds of the house, which was built between 1555 and 1587 for the Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, Sir William Cecil,

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will travel the length and breadth of the UK on the tour, which starts in Leicester on March 8.

Burghley House director Miranda Rock said: “It is wonderful news, we are really excited. It is very appropriate the Queen comes to Burghley as Queen Elizabeth I was the monarch under which the house was built.

“I would be thrilled to meet Her Majesty and hope to be able to welcome her into the house.”

Mayor of Stamford John Binder said news of the visit was “fantastic.”

“The Queen coming anywhere near Stamford is great for the town,” he said.

“It was the first ever conservation town so it seems right that she should come here.”

The planned visit, which will be on June 13 or 14, will be the Queen’s third visit to Burghley. She first attended the Burghley Horse Trials in 1966 on an official visit and returned five years later to watch her daughter, Princess Anne, win the European Three-Day Event Championship at the trials.

Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips followed in her mother’s footsteps by competing in the horse trials on several occasions, including at last year’s event.

And Princess Anne returned to the house to plant the first tree of a diamond wood to mark the jubilee in October. She was joined by Year 5 and 6 children from Ketton Primary School as she planted a wild service tree, or chequers tree, in the grounds of the house.

The tree was the first of 23,650 to be planted in the new wood, which is one of 60 being planted around the country to celebrate the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.

A number of events will be taking place around Stamford the weekend before the Queen’s visit to mark the jubilee. Stamford Festival has been moved to that date to coincide with the celebrations. Stamford and District Kiwanis’ parade of floats on Saturday, June 2, will have a kings and queens theme and the Stamford and District Lions’ family fun day the following day will have a princes and princesses fancy dress competition. Festival organisers are looking for people born on the Queen’s coronation day, June 2, 1953, to judge the annual baby contest.

And Stamford Town Partnership will hold a street party-style feast on The Meadows on Monday, June 4.

Coun Binder added: “The jubilee year will be a great year. We are working on so many things. I think that it will be good for the town and the townspeople will enjoy it.”