Queen to pay royal visit to Bristol this month
BRISTOL is to play host to a special royal visit at the end of the month, The Post can exclusively reveal.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be coming to the city on Thursday, November 22, and are expected to spend the day touring the city centre.
No details of the high-profile visit have been made been made public but the event is likely to be one of the biggest to take place in the city this year.
It will also come just over a week after the Remembrance Sunday commemorations – which is one of the most important public events of the year for the royal family.
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The trip to Bristol will be one of the final public engagements of the year for the monarch – who has enjoyed one of the most memorable and successful 12 months of her 60-year reign.
As well as playing a key role in the staging of this summer's Olympic Games, the spectacular Diamond Jubilee celebrations turned out to be one of the highlights of the Queen's reign.
The event brought millions flocking to London but this month's visit to Bristol will be the first chance people in the city will get to play their own part in this year's royal celebrations.
As part of her tour of the country in May the closest the Queen got to Bristol was Yeovil.
The 86-year-old has cut down on her public engagements this year due to her advancing years and Prince Philip, who is 91, has also been forced to cut back due to a series of health problems throughout the year.
The Prince missed half of this summer's jubilee celebrations when he was hospitalised as a result of a bladder infection.
The royal visit is also likely to be one of the first high-profile duties of Bristol's first ever elected mayor.
The new mayor is due to be unveiled a week earlier following the election on Thursday, November 15.
And the new mayor will have the job of officially welcoming the monarch and her husband to the city for the day's events.
It will be only the third time in a decade that the Queen has come to the city with the last visit taking place more than seven years ago.
On her most recent trip to the Bristol area the Queen came to North Somerset and Knowle West but did not venture into the centre of Bristol.
This month's visit is expected to include a number of high-profile venues in the heart of Bristol.
Thousands are expected to line the streets and plans are already being put in place to make sure the event goes off with the minimum of disruption for the city.
Despite her age the monarch is still admired for her ferocious work ethic and over the last four weeks she has attended a series of events in and around the capital.
Her duties have included hosting a state banquet for the visiting Indonesian president and an unveiling of a new stained glass window in central London to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
The Queen's 60th year on the throne was marked by a summer-long series of celebrations which included a 1,000-boat procession along the Thames and a star-studded concert outside Buckingham Palace.
She also put in a dramatic appearance at the official opening of the Olympic Games which included a starring role alongside James Bond actor Daniel Craig in short film.
Her arrival at the Olympic stadium culminated with a look-alike parachuting into the stadium.
The Diamond Jubilee year will close with the announcement of the annual honours list which will be published at the close of the year.