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The Queen's visit to Derbyshire

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 09, 2014

The Queen's visit to Derbyshire
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Going to see the Queen tomorrow?

Here is the full story of where she will be and when.

THE Queen will herself be the recipient of a royal pardon when she visits Derbyshire tomorrow.

Road bosses have given the 88-year-old monarch permission to travel along Matlock Bridge the wrong way.

It is so Her Majesty can wave to crowds in the town’s centre as she is chauffeured from Lea Bridge to Chatsworth House.

The de-tour will delight hundreds of people, many of whom have booked time off work so they can catch a glimpse of the Queen and husband Prince Philip.

The Royal couple are expected to arrive at Matlock Station by train at 10.30am.

They will then be driven to John Smedley Ltd in Lea Mills for a tour of the factory.

From there, they will travel to Chatsworth House, via Matlock town centre.

A statement from the Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, William Tucker, confirmed which routes the Royal Car will take during the Queen’s visit.

It read: “The Royal couple will arrive at Matlock Station by train some time after 10am and crowds are welcome to gather in the District Council’s Station car park, which is closed to cars from 6pm today.

“The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will then transfer to a Royal car, which will turn right into Derwent Way and follow the A6 along Dale Road, Matlock Dale, Matlock Bath and Cromford before taking the river road to Lea Mills, where they will visit John Smedley Ltd.

“They will return the same way, driving through Matlock town centre sometime after 11.30am – taking a ‘wrong way’ route over Matlock Bridge (under police guidance), before journeying on along the A6 through Darley Dale onto Rowsley, where they will take the Chatsworth Road for an expected 12 noon arrival at one of Britain’s foremost stately homes.”

Meanwhile, four Derbyshire primary schools have been busy in anticipation of the Royal visit.

They have been making their own flags to welcome the Royal party and wave off the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

More than 250 children from schools in Pilsley, Baslow, Rowsley and Curbar will be a part of the occasion.

At Chatsworth, the Qyeen will be presented with a hamper of local produce.

Representatives of Mountain Rescue, Dog Search and Rescue, Cave Rescue, Peak Park Ranger Service and the Air Ambulance will be present, before the group moves into the house.

The Royal couple will have a private luncheon at the stately home before departing by helicopter.

THE DAY’S ROYAL ITINERARY

10.30am: The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, arrives by train at Matlock station. They will be received by the Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire and meet other key officials.

10.35am: A chauffeur drives the Royal party to the John Smedley factory in Lea Mills.

10.45am: The Queen and Prince Philip arrive at John Smedley and will meet officials from the company, as well as the Mayor of Amber Valley. The Royal party will tour the factory and sign a visitors’ book.

11.30am: A short fashion show is performed as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh depart the factory and head to Chatsworth House.

12 noon: The Royal couple arrive at Chatsworth House. They will be greeted by The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Various presentations – including from the Peak District Park Rangers – will be made. Following a private lunch, the Queen and Prince Philip will depart by helicopter.

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