Queen to visit school

PUBLISHED: 14:42 09 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:11 06 May 2010

THERE will be two additional stops during the royal trip to Bedfordshire a week on Friday. Pupils at Samuel Whitbread Community College in Clifton will be in the spotlight when The Queen arrives with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh during the morning to

THERE will be two additional stops during the royal trip to Bedfordshire a week on Friday.

Pupils at Samuel Whitbread Community College in Clifton will be in the spotlight when The Queen arrives with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh during the morning to officially open new collge buildings.

It has also been announced that The Duke of Edinburgh will tour the newly restored Stotfold Mill.

A letter outlining the Royal visit was given to pupils to take home to parents this week from Mr Robson.

The youngsters, who will face disruption to their lessons, have also been warned in the letter from college principal Robert Robson that lockers must be emptied and any padlocks that are left on will be cut off and any contents removed by police.

"This is a great honour for the college as we are the first visit for the royal couple when they come to Bedfordshire on the day," Mr Robson said in his letter to parents.

"There is a huge amount of organisation around the visit and we have been liaising with Her Majesty's private secretary and the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Mr Samuel Whitbread, to ensure we arrange a tour to show the college in the best possible light, which also adheres to the correct security procedures.

"We want the occasion to go as smoothly as possible and accept that the occasion warrants any disruption that might be caused.

"We are making sure that as many students as possible have the opportunity to see our visitors and many of them will have the chance to meet one or both of the royal couple."

Mr Robson said on the day of the visit the school will be cordoned off by the police and security services and after 9am nobody will be allowed in or out of the college grounds which will be closed until noon.

Mr Robson added in his letter: "We understand many of our students will want to record this occasion by taking photographs.

"They will be allowed to take photos outside on mobile phones or cameras but mobiles must be on silent. This will be a day to remember for staff and students."

After visiting the college the Queen's next stop will be Chicksands where she will open the new offices of Mid Beds District Council and then go on to Moggerhanger to tour the Sue Ryder home.

At this point the Duke of Edinburgh will tour Stotfold Mill.

She will be accompanied during her visit to Bedfordshire by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh and travelling to the county by train from London as she is currently in residence at Buckingham Palace.

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