Coventry people are being invited to give a rousing, flag-waving welcome to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they arrive in the city next week.
The Royal couple are visiting the city on Tuesday (16 January) as part of a double celebration to congratulate Coventry on becoming the new UK City of Culture and open Coventry University’s new Science and Health Building.
The visit will include a public walkabout in the Cathedral Ruins and people across the city are being invited to go along and make it a day to remember – and maybe get the chance to shake a Royal hand and say hello.
There will be a limited number of spaces within the Ruins and people are being encouraged to get there early as entry will be on a first-come first-served basis.
Those who want to be in with a chance of being one of the lucky ones inside the Ruins for the walkabout, should make sure they arrive before 11am. Gates will open at 9am.
The only entry points to the Ruins will be by the main steps leading to the Cathedral and from Bayley Lane, close to St Mary’s Guildhall.
People are advised to avoid carrying bags wherever possible and to allow extra time for any journeys, as there will be road closures in place throughout the visit.
Crowds can also look to see the Royal couple as they leave the Cathedral by car from University Square, Priory Street and Bayley Lane.
For security reasons, on-street parking will be suspended from 6pm on Monday 15 January on Cuckoo Lane, Pepper Lane, Priory Row, St Mary’s Street and Bayley Lane until 2pm the following day.
On-street parking will also be suspended on Whitefriars Lane and Whitefriars Street from 6am on Tuesday 16 January until 2pm. Both roads will close completely between 11:45am and 2pm while Whitefriars long stay car park will be closed on the 16 until 2pm.
Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Tony Skipper, said: “It’s going to be another memorable day for our city and we’re looking forward to seeing many Coventry people there, waving flags and cheering for our Royal visitors.
“We want people from right across the city, young and old, to help give the Duke and Duchess a warm Coventry welcome and show how proud we are to be UK City of Culture in 2021.”
After the walkabout in the Ruins, the Royal Party will visit the Cathedral where they will learn about its history and its work to promote peace and reconciliation around the world.
They will then visit the Rising Café based at the Cathedral, which is a social enterprise run by Betel UK charity, helping those who are homeless or have addiction problems with residential help and training to reintegrate into the community.
Their Royal Highnesses will then visit Coventry University to officially open the new Science and Health building, which has combined new lab facilities with simulation equipment for teaching and research.
The visit will end with a trip to the Positive Youth Foundation in Hillfields, where they will be shown how it works to support young people - including newly arrived asylum seekers and refugees - through sport, music, education and training.