Diamond celebrations continue as city prepares for HRH

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal High The Duke of Edinburgh visit Birmingham on Thursday in the latest stop on their tour of the UK to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

It’ll be a day of pomp for Brum as the royal party is received in Victoria Square by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands (Mr Paul Sabapathy) who will present a group of dignitaries including The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, Cllr John Lines and Kathleen Lines.

They will be cheered on by a group of 60 pupils from Bartley Green School before the Lord Mayor invites The Queen and The Duke to sign the two City visitors’ books – one for the Lord Mayor and one for the City Council.

Following this, the Chairman of the Birmingham Assay Office (Ms Kay Alexander) will present a gift of a specially engraved silver plate, on behalf of the city.

It will be a day to remember in particular for five-year-old Lilac Pugh, a pupil at Chad Vale Primary School who will offer The Queen a posy of flowers.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will then be escorted by The Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress as they meet with groups of local school children and representatives from local community organisations.

Cllr John Lines, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, said: “This will be a great day for the city of Birmingham, during a year of many important events and celebrations for the country.

“I am honoured and privileged to be a part of this Royal Visit and am sure Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will be delighted by the welcome they receive from our wonderful city.”

A backdrop of entertainment will be provided by a The Jazz Ramblers, a four-piece New Orleans acoustic combo, performing as part of the city’s 28th Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival. They will be joined by the Chinese Jitterbug Squad, a four-strong all-female dance troupe.

To honour The Queen’s presence, the Royal Standard will also be flown above the Council House for the visit.

After their stop in Victoria Square, The Queen and The Duke will head to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for the final leg of the Birmingham tour.

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