EDITOR’S COMMENT: Right Royal coup

THE announcement that the Queen will visit Alnwick in just a few weeks’ time is a massive coup, not just for the town but the whole of north Northumberland.

This area has had its fair share of Royal visits over the years, including Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne, not to mention the memorable participation by the Duke of Edinburgh at the Alnwick Castle Horse Driving Trials on a number of occasions.

But the Queen has not yet made a public appearance here, so her impending arrival on June 22 will undoubtably be met with much excitement.

While the centrepiece of her visit will be the party thrown at Alnwick Castle and Garden to celebrate the county’s carers and volunteers, she has importantly agreed to meet the public on a walkabout of Bondgate Within.

Already, plans are being put in place to decorate the town centre in time for her tour, including bunting and floral displays. But what really matters is the warm welcome the Queen is afforded by local people on the day. Alnwick will very much be under the national spotlight, so we must do everything we can to make this an occasion of which we can be proud.

The Queen enjoyed a rousing reception on her recent trip to Ireland, while the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton only further reinforced the affection the nation has for its monarchy.

Let’s make Alnwick a shining example and give the Queen a day to remember.