The Queen is invited to join Guild celebrations

The Queens visits Fulwood Barracks
The Queens visits Fulwood Barracks
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The Queen could visit Preston as part of the city’s 2012 Guild celebrations.

Town Hall chiefs have written to the county’s Lord Lieutenant in a bid to ask Her Majesty to include Preston on her Diamond Jubilee tour of Britain in two years’ time.

The potential Royal visit, which would cost around £30,000, will form part of a diary of civic events to mark the Guild year, which will also see processions, church services and soldiers from Lancashire regiments marching through the city centre.

Lord Lieutenants from across the North West are due to meet later this year to discuss whether Preston should be included on the Queen’s 2012 itinerary.

Coun Eric Fazackerley, deputy leader of Preston Council, said: “The year is a significant one, with the Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee and our own Guild and it would be very significant for us if we could get the Queen to come.”

The Queen is due to spend one day in the North West as part of the Jubilee tour, probably between April and June.

Council bosses have drawn up three potential options for her visit - two of which involve asking her to open the new history gallery at the Harris Museum. That would be preceded either by a demonstration of dance from the Guilds in 1952, 1972, 1992 and 2012 or a procession of street floats.

The third option involves driving Her Majesty through a newly restored Avenham Park to officially cut the ribbon on the Guild Wheel cycling and walking track.

In addition to a Royal visit, city bosses are proposing that the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and the 14th/20th Kings Royal Hussars exercise their Freedom of Entry to Preston by marching through the city.

The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment last marched through Preston in July 2007, while the King’s Royal Hussars last marche in July 2008.

The announcement comes after it was decided that the 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment would not march through Preston after returning home from a six month tour of Afghanistan this month.

Parades are instead being held in Manchester, Warrington, Blackburn, Lancaster and Carlisle in December.