Hang out the bunting and put on your best clothes – it’s just been confirmed that the Queen is visiting Henley-on-Thames.
June 25th 2012 is the date all the people of this lovely South Oxfordshire town will be putting in their diary as they await the chance to see our monarch on her Diamond Jubilee tour of Great Britain.
Henley is one of a select band of 50 towns and cities the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh plan to visit during a whistle-stop five-month journey around the countries she has served with such distinction for 60 years.
Henley’s Mayor Pam Phillips thinks the Queen will enjoy her visit to Henley. “I think it is the best place in the whole of Britain,” she told the Henley Standard.
However, it is not the first time that Queen Elizabeth II has set foot in the town – she also visited in November 1998. The purpose of her visit on that occasion was to open Henley’s River & Rowing Museum; a place which provides a fascinating insight into the histories of all the famous rowers who have competed at Henley’s annual Regatta.
Two of the Regatta’s most famous competitors – the ubiquitous Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent – greeted the Queen before she opened the museum on a day when she also saw Likely Lads’ actor Rodney Bewes re-enact a scene from Three Men In A Boat.
It is not known which places the Queen will visit in Henley as her list of engagements will only be announced on 15th June 2012 – we’ll let you know as soon as they are revealed.
Perhaps she will want to visit some of the locations in the town where Midsomer Murders has been filmed – she is rumoured to enjoy watching episodes of the series while holidaying at Balmoral.