Queen To Visit Scilly

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be visiting the Isles of Scilly on 3rd June, it has been announced.

The Royal visit will take in the new school site, Holgate’s Green, an inspection of the new sea fisheries vessel and lunch at Tregarthen’s Hotel.

And Philip Hygate, Chief Executive of the Council, says he expects the visit of the Queen to become part of our islands’ history.

Philip says the Queen won’t officially open the new school as it isn’t finished, but she will meet a cross section of youngsters and hear pupils sing.

On Holgate’s Green, youngsters will dance around a specially erected Maypole and the Queen will view photos of her last visit to the islands, to Tresco, in 1967.

There she’ll also meet gig builder Peter Martin and invited gig rowers – and the gig he built, Emma Louise, will be on view.

Listen to Philip Hygate talking about the Queen’s visit to Scilly

The Queen will also meet islanders who gained her award for voluntary service and learn about the work of The Wildlife Trust.

She’ll also be shown the mechanism from the former parish church clock which will be dedicated to her Diamond Jubilee next year and installed in the new Porthcressa Library.

Finally, the new inshore fisheries patrol vessel will be shown to her. The vessel will be named ‘Matt Lethbridge’ in a later ceremony, after the legendary lifeboat coxswain and she’ll meet some of Matt’s family.