No Queen, but borough will get its own royal visit
TUNBRIDGE Wells may never have had a visit from the Queen – but it will soon welcome one royal for the second time in just over two months.
As we reported last month, Buckingham Palace has no plans to send Her Majesty to the borough as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
But following a hugely successful visit to the new Tunbridge Wells Hospital and two schools last month, Sophie, Countess of Wessex will return on May 31 on behalf of her mother-in-law.
And this time the countess, who grew up in Brenchley and went to school at Kent College will come with her husband Prince Edward.
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There will be ample opportunity for locals to see the couple as they visit The Pantiles, chat to local business people and walk to the bandstand to see school children perform.
The visit is to help Tunbridge Wells celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
After visiting The Pantiles in the late morning, the pair will move on to King Charles The Martyr Church to hear a choir from the Countess's former school, which is now called Kent College Pembury.
The schools performing are still to be confirmed, but they will be those in walking distance of The Pantiles.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council chief executive William Benson said the visit was a "great honour".
He added: "Other well-wishers will be very welcome as they will play an important part in making the visit a very memorable occasion during our year of celebrations."
When the Courier broke the news of the Royal visit to Karen and Sheridan Wood, owners of Woods on The Pantiles, Mrs Wood said: "I think that's absolutely great. It's a great start to the jubilee weekend. Of course, they would be very welcome to pop in for a cup of tea."
Her husband added: "Anything that promotes the Pantiles is really good news."