Stamford and Burghley House ready for the Queen’s visit

Estelle Allen, Michael Porter, Angela Stubley and John Coulson get their spot on Broad Street, Stamford, ready to see the Queen
Estelle Allen, Michael Porter, Angela Stubley and John Coulson get their spot on Broad Street, Stamford, ready to see the Queen

Updated 2.15pm: Queen due to leave Burghley

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of Stamford when the Queen drives through the town at 2.30pm.

The Queen’s car will travel across the town bridge, up St Mary’s Hill, along St Mary’s Street and St John’s Street, across Red Lion Square, onto 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.

Before that, she will picnic at Burghley House with 8,000 people from Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire.

She was due to arrive at the house at 12.30pm. The Red Arrows will fly over to mark her departure from Burghley House before she is driven through town.

People are already lining the streets to get the best spot for the Queen’s tour through Stamford.

Residents from the Red House care home in Emlyns Street secured prime position in front of Browne’s Hospital in Broad Street.

Care worker Estelle Allen said: “We are bringing 12 people in wheelchairs down to see the Queen. The residents are very excited, it’s a special day for them.”

Red House resident John Coulson was enjoying his fish and chips before the Queen’s arrival. He was at the Queen’s coronation 60 years ago, and joked that he hoped she would remember him.

The Queen was in Nottingham this morning with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who have stayed in the city while the Queen travels to Stamford.

Unfortunately, the Duke of Edinburgh did not attend.

The weather forecast for the day is mainly dry with possible rain at 1pm.

Mercury reporter John Evely and photographer Oliver Wilson will be at Burghley House. John will be tweeting from the house and you can follow his tweets by visiting twitter.com/Mercury_JohnE. We’ll also be updating the Mercury website throughout the day.