Her Majesty The Queen pictured during her visit to the Isle of Wight in 2004.
A DRAMATIC parade of sail off the Island featuring some of the world's most impressive yachts will mark the Queen's arrival to Cowes next Wednesday.
The Isle of Wight Council has released details of the Queen's visit, on the final day of her Diamond Jubilee tour, confirming that she will arrive in Cowes on board the motor yacht Leander with the Duke of Edinburgh.
Their vessel will travel with a parade of sail that will include superyachts that have been competing in racing in the Solent.
The Royal Party's arrival will be marked by a 21-gun salute from the Royal Yacht Squadron following which they will land at the Trinity Landing and be met by the Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White and civic dignitaries.
A council spokeswoman said: "The Royal Party will then walk along the seafront, stopping to unveil a new plaque commemorating the Queen’s visit and her Diamond Jubilee. It is positioned opposite a plaque to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and has been provided by Cowes Town Council.
"Also on The Parade, pupils from Cowes Primary School will sing a short song called 'The Nation’s Crown’ written and composed by their music teacher Becky Bevan to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Following the performance the Royal Party will continue to the RNLI lifeboat station which The Queen will formally open.
"The Bishop of Portsmouth, Rt Reverend Christopher Foster will conduct a service of boathouse dedication in which the new building will be blessed. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will meet crew and donors before a new lifeboat 'Sheena Louise’ is launched by a crew member.
"The Royal Party will then travel by launch to Cowes Yacht Haven, where they will view displays from a number of marine volunteer and mainly youth organisations: The Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO), Cowes and Ryde Sea Cadets, The Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS), The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Sea Scouts, Royal Yachting Association (RYA), UKSA and Cowes Sailability Club.
"Island-based Michelin Star chef Robert Thompson will present Her Majesty The Queen with a hamper containing Isle of Wight produce and specialities, along with a smaller one for the Queen’s corgies, containing Isle of Wight biltong.
"Before her departure, Her Majesty will be presented with a specially commissioned commemorative glass bowl from the people of the Isle of Wight made by Isle of Wight Studio Glass and designed by Tim Harris."
Major General Martin White, said: "It is a great honour to be welcoming Her Majesty to the Island on the final day of her Diamond Jubilee Tour. I am looking forward to introducing The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to individuals and organisations that make valuable contributions to Island life and I know come rain or shine - Islanders will give Her Majesty the warmest welcome on Wednesday."
Thousands of people are expected to line Prince’s Green and The Parade to welcome the Royal Party and the council has issued the following advice to those planning on attending:
Parking in Cowes is very limited, people are strongly advised to use public transport.
Park and Ride – the 'Royal Return’
A special park and ride service from Church Litten in Newport to Cowes will be operated by Southern Vectis on Wednesday 25 July. The 'Royal Return’ is priced at £3.00. Parking charges will be suspended in council run car parks in Newport until 1.30pm to encourage people to leave their cars in Newport.
Buses will depart on a 15-minute frequency from 7am until 10am from Church Litten in Newport to Cowes Enterprise College, a short walk from Prince’s Green and The Parade.
They will return to Church Litten from Cowes Enterprise College on a 15-minute frequency from 11am until 1pm.
Please note, concessions or freedom passes will not be accepted on the special 'Royal Return’ park and ride buses.
There are a number of car parks in Cowes, but these are expected to fill up quickly. Northwood House Trustees plan to provide additional parking in the grounds of the house - weather permitting.
Travel information will be posted on the council’s website www.iwight.com
and on its facebook and twitter feeds.
Where to see The Queen:
Victoria Parade, Cowes
The best place to see The Queen during her visit is along Victoria Parade in Cowes. The area will be closed to all traffic for the visit, meaning there will be space for 12,000 people. Bring along your flags and give The Queen a warm Isle of Wight welcome.
The Royal Party will arrive in Cowes by sea and sail past Prince’s Green aboard a large motor yacht. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will view superyachts moored just off Cowes which are taking part in the Superyacht Cup.
Members of the public wishing to see the Queen sail past should head to the green for 9.30am. Binoculars recommended.
9.45am - The Queen begins sailing from Gurnard towards Cowes aboard MY Leander.
9.55am - The Queen sails past the Royal Yacht Squadron
10.10am - The Queen arrives at Trinity Landing, Cowes
10.30am - The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive at RNLI station
11.05am - The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Cowes Yacht Haven
11.40am - The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh depart