Roads in Oakham are closed on Monday morning (28 July) as the county gears up for the visit of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall later.
The Royal couple are due to spend three hours in the county visiting a number of venues in and around Oakham town centre as well as taking a trip out to Rutland Water.
Members of the public will have an opportunity to show support as Their Royal Highnesses meet members of the local community and business owners in Oakham Market Place from 12.30pm onwards.
Anyone thinking of attending is urged to arrive in plenty of time as large crowds are expected.
The High Street in Oakham is closed from Church Street to Burley Road and will stay closed until about 2pm. This means that Market Street and Market Place will also be closed.
Commercial deliveries and collections from business premises will be allowed until 11am. After this time, all vehicles will be stopped and any vehicles parked in the area will be removed.
The High Street will be opened as soon as the Royal couple have left the area but Market Place will stay closed.
The first stop on the tour of Rutland will be St John and St Anne Almshouse. The Almshouse provides housing for retired people who want to maintain their independence.
Dr Vivian Anthony, Chairman of the Governors of St John and St John, said: “We shall be delighted to show-off our attractive almshouses and ancient Chapel to our Royal Visitors and give them a chance to meet some of our wonderful residents and the governors who work so hard for the Charity.”
Following on the from there, the Royal couple will make their way to the Market Place and this is the best place for people to show their support.
Their Royal Highnesses will walk through the Market Square where they will meet market stall holders and shop owners. The market stalls will be made up of local business including Northfield Farm, Barnsdale Gardens and Rutland Biodynamics. They will also meet Morris dancers and people associated with Oakham in Bloom.
Jayne Woodcock, Mayor of Oakham, said: “I am delighted that The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have chosen to visit Oakham and for The Duchess of Cornwall to honour the town by presenting a horseshoe for display in Oakham Castle. I am sure the royal visitors will enjoy seeing the unique features of Oakham and meeting some of the residents of the town and surrounding county.”
The couple will then go onto Oakham Castle. As is customary in Oakham as a senior member of The Royal Family The Duchess of Cornwall will present a decorative horseshoe to the Lord of the Manor Mr Hanbury because it is her first visit to the county. The horseshoe has been made by Mr John Spence.
Coun Roger Begy (Con), Leader of Rutland County Council, said: “Royal visits are always extremely popular in Rutland and I am sure this will be no different. I remember when The Prince of Wales last visited the county back in 2003 and he has always shown great interest in the area and is extremely knowledgeable about Rutland. This is a historic event and one that I would imagine local people will be keen to support. ”
The visit concludes with a trip to Rutland Water Nature Reserve to meet Wildlife Trust volunteers and tour some of the wetlands and wildlife sanctuary.
Peter Simspon, Anglian Water’s Chief Executive, said: “Rutland Water makes a very significant contribution to conservation, and to the local economy. We’ll be setting off a group of children and volunteers on a ‘Country Mile’ during the visit, as part of the Prince’s Countryside Trust’s National Countryside Week. We hope many more people will follow in their footsteps, and experience the rural gem that is Rutland Water this summer.”