Date confirmed for the Queen’s visit to Burghley House

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IT’S time to roll out the red carpet and wave your Union flags - the date has been set for the Queen’s visit to Stamford.

Her Majesty will be coming to Burghley House on Wednesday, June 13, as part of her diamond jubilee tour.

Crowds of visitors are set to turn out out for a picnic at the house, which has been organised by the Lord Lieutenants of Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire.

The event will be the Queen’s third visit to Burghley.

In March, the Mercury ran a competition with Burghley House, in which 150 lucky winners were picked to attend the event.

Burghley House director Miranda Rock said: “We are thrilled that Burghley is the venue chosen by the Lord Lieutenants to host Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh as part of their UK tour to celebrate the diamond jubilee.

“It is a unique honour for a house that has always been a wonderful setting and for entertaining distinguished guests and we hope that all the visitors to the jubilee picnic will enjoy this very special day.”

The Queen first came to Burghley in 1966 for an official visit to the famous horse trials.

She returned five years later to watch her daughter Princess Anne win the European Three-Day Event Championship at the trials.

The Queen’s tour of the UK to celebrate her 60th year on the throne started in Leicester on March 8.

The Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth said: “We are absolutely delighted the Queen will be visiting Stamford and I think a lot of people will be.

“I am sure that Stamford will be able to bask in the glory of the Queen’s visit during her diamond jubilee year.”

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.