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Details of Her Majesty The Queen's visit to The Lexicon on Friday 19 October

Is Her Majesty The Queen visiting Bracknell Forest?

Yes, The Queen is due to visit The Lexicon on the morning of Friday 19 October 2018.

What is the purpose of The Queen’s visit?

Bracknell Forest Council’s Leader, Cllr Paul Bettison OBE, invited The Queen to visit our new town centre, to see how the first regeneration of a post war new town has created a new social and cultural heart for the borough.

The council and all its regeneration partners are delighted that The Queen has accepted the invitation and look forward to welcoming her on the day.

What will The Queen be doing during the visit?

Further details will be confirmed in due course but we can confirm that The Queen will meet a number of people who were instrumental in the success of the project. The Queen is also due to visit retailers and unveil a commemorative plaque.

Will there be vantage points for the public during the visit?

We understand this is an exciting and historic event for the town, but due to the shape and layout of The Lexicon there will be limited capacity in the town centre that morning. This is to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

To avoid disappointment, we want to make it clear from the outset that due to the shape and layout of the town centre and the route planned, the opportunity to see The Queen will be limited. However, for people wishing to be part of the atmosphere, we advise making your way to: 

  • High Street (east) by Union Square (from Boots to Primark)
  • Braccan Walk South (from Costa to Primark)
  • High Street (west) by McDonald’s

Anyone with a disability is advised to make their way towards Fenwick where a designated viewing area will be made available.

Please note that access to these areas is on a first come, first served basis. These locations will have limited capacity. Once they are full we will have marshals on hand to advise the public where to stand – this may include The Ring.

We politely request that you take the direction of the marshals as they will be working to ensure your safety on the day as well as everyone else’s.

Will The Lexicon be closed that morning?

Some parts of The Lexicon will be closed until around midday on Friday 19 October.

Shoppers are advised to revise their plans that day accordingly. We expect all shops and restaurants to return to normal service from around midday.

Will Bracknell Market run that day?

Yes, Bracknell Market will run as normal.

Please note that the town centre and its car parks are expected to be much busier that morning than normal, so please plan your trip accordingly.

Where can I park that day?

All car parks will be open as normal. However, there will be limited parking at The Avenue, so anyone driving into the town centre is advised to use High Street or Braccan Walk car parks in the first instance.

Albert Road and Wick Hill surface car parks and Princess Square multi-story will also be running as normal.

We are expecting our roads and car parks to be busier than normal that day so please do plan ahead. Alternatively please walk, cycle or use public transport.

Cars and small buses over 2m will be able to park in Weather Way.

Will I be able to take photos in The Lexicon that day?

Yes. We understand that this is a momentous occasion for the town and that our residents and visitors will want to take photos and videos of it. You are free to use small digital cameras or camera phones to take photos or videos.

We’d kindly request that any large-scale photography equipment is not used as space is extremely limited. We will provide official photographs from the day on our social media channels after the visit.

What about residents in Ferriby Court?

We have written to Ferriby Court residents and residents of Ringside and Mi Flats separately regarding arrangements for the day.

Official photography

We will have an official photographer at the event. There is the chance that he may get photos with the general public in the background.

Owing to the scale of the event we are unable to get signed GDPR photography forms from all individuals in the town centre that morning.

These photographs may be used in council publications, sent to the press, used online including social media, website and intranet sites. They will also be used for reports, briefings and other marketing material.

These photos will also be shared with our partner, The Lexicon, for use in their publicity and marketing, including online.

You can contact comms@bracknell-forest.gov.uk at any time should there be an issue with a photograph you appear in.

What time is The Queen arriving?

It is protocol not to publicly announce the exact timing of royal visits, we're sure you can appreciate the reasons why. However, we can confirm Her Majesty The Queen is expected late morning.

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