11 May 2012
ARMED FORCES TO MOUNT SPECTACULAR DIAMOND JUBILEE TRIBUTE TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN AT WINDSOR, SATURDAY 19 MAY
Thousands of troops, six massed bands and the biggest tri-Service flypast in years form part of the celebrations for an Armed Forces Diamond Jubilee Parade and Muster in Windsor on 19 May, in honour of The Queen’s 60-year reign.
This will be the first major national event of the Diamond Jubilee, and marks the unique relationship between the Armed Forces and their Commander-in-Chief, Her Majesty The Queen.
The event will begin at 1100 with a flypast of RAF Typhoons over Windsor Castle in Diamond Nine formation. More than 2,500 Service personnel from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force will then parade through the castle Quadrangle before The Queen, heading down through the town of Windsor, going via Castle Hill, Thames Street and Datchet Road, before entering Home Park (Private) and mustering in a specially built arena. After the parade The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will make their way to the arena by car, taking the same route, where they will be joined by other members of The Royal Family.
A drumhead service, speeches by the Chief of the Defence Staff and Her Majesty, the performance of new pieces of music written especially for the event and three Cheers from the Armed Forces in the arena will follow. The event will close at approximately 1230 with a spectacular tri-Service flypast of 78 aircraft heading up the Long Walk and over the Castle, including helicopters; the famous Lancaster and Spitfires of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight; Hercules, VC10 and Tornado aircraft; Hawks and Tucanos; finishing with the world-renowned Red Arrows.
The BBC will be broadcasting the entire event live on BBC1 from 1030.
Members of the public will be able to witness the parade through the town of Windsor. Big screens will be located in the Long Walk (between the Park Street and Brook Street entrances) enabling people to see the start of the parade and then catch the entire arena event taking place on screen. Refreshment outlets will be in operation and there will be nearby public toilets.
Viewing areas for people with disabilities will be at Datchet Road and on the Long Walk. Crowd control barriers will be erected throughout the route and will be in place by 0600 on 19 May.
For further information on how you can view the day’s events in and around Windsor, and details of road closures and travel advice, please visit the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s website, www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/armed_forces_parade_muster or the Thames Valley Police website, www.thamesvalley.police.uk.