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William and Catherine Join Jubilee Tour

The Queen, Prince William and Catherine on Council House BalconyThousands of people gathered in Nottingham this week to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee for the Queen. Even Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge travelled to the city to join the latest leg of the Queen’s tour. The pair arrived at the city’s station on Wednesday by car before the Queen arrived on the Royal Train and greeted her as she arrived.

Prince Philip had been due to join them on the trip, but he had to cancel after being treated for a bladder infection. He had fallen ill after the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and left the hospital on Saturday – just in time to celebrate his 91st birthday on Sunday. He is continuing his recovery at Buckingham Palace.

Before the royal party gathered to travel to the city centre, the Queen, William and Catherine talked with the crowd and accepted bouquets of flowers. As the trio arrived at the Old Market Square, cheers were heard from a crowd of an estimated 20,000 onlookers. There, they talked with the crowd as well, before moving into the Council House. A few minutes later, they appeared on the balcony to the sound of cheers and the national anthem. Back inside Council House, the royals attended a reception with invited dignitaries and other guests from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

As the Queen, William and Catherine arrived at Vernon Park in Basford – about three-and-a-half miles away – they were greeted by the Robin Hood Rifles band and cheers from more crowds. The park is one of the 1,300 recreational spaces that will be given Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge status. This is an initiative by the Fields In Trust charity in an aim to protect 2012 recreational spaces throughout the country as a permanent endowment to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

To start The Diamond Jubilee Dash at the park – an obstacle race for pupils from several schools in the area – William fired a fake pistol. He congratulated the young winners before inviting the Queen to unveil a plaque for the Fields Challenge status. Fields In Trust vice president Gyles Brandreth says this was a thrilling and historic day for Nottingham.

Speaking at the even, William said he felt sort of like an intruder, as the Queen has been a patron of the charity for her entire reign, while the Duke of Edinburgh has been its president for 64 years. This great charity provides the space to play sport, stay fit and generally get outside to enjoy some fresh air. He knows the charity is very dear to his grandparents’ hearts, as well as his.

Joining in with the activities being provided by Brockwell School, William and Catherine took turns throwing a toy javelin. After talking with some of the pupils, they were given a tour of the activities and stalls at the park. They also met members of the Scout groups in the local area after leaving the park, and Catherine even helped some of the scouts put up a tent. After that, the couple left in a black BMW.

Meanwhile, the Queen travelled to Burghley House for a Diamond Jubilee Picnic after leaving Vernon Park, which hosted some 10,000 people. To mark her visit, she planted a tree on the grounds and was given a tour of the house. As she left for Corby, Red Arrows flew overhead. At the Corby East Midlands International Pool, the Queen watched a diving display.

 

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