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Diamond Jubilee: Queen, Prince William And Duchess Kate To Tour East Midlands

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The Queen will be joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today as she continues her Diamond Jubilee tour in the East Midlands. | PA

The Queen is to be joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as she continues her Diamond Jubilee tour in the East Midlands.

The royal party will travel by train to Nottingham on Wednesday, where they will undertake a series of engagements in the city.

The Duke of Edinburgh was originally scheduled to join the Queen and William and Kate on the trip but has had to cancel as he continues to recover from a bladder infection.

Philip left hospital on Saturday, the day before his 91st birthday, after falling ill following the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.

The Duke was on board the Spirit Of Chartwell royal barge in a flotilla of 1,000 boats along the Thames in extremely wet and cold conditions.

He is continuing his convalescence at home, Buckingham Palace said.

The East Midlands visit will continue in his absence and will see the royal party visit Market Square in the city centre, where they will greet the crowds before going into the Council House.

They will also make an appearance on the balcony of the building and attend a reception of invited guests in the ballroom.

They are then due to travel to Vernon Park in Basford, around three and a half miles from the city centre, to mark a Fields in Trust project for the Diamond Jubilee.

As patron of the Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge - a project supported by The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry - the Duke of Cambridge will speak.

The Queen will unveil a plaque at the park, which has been granted Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust status.

William and Kate will remain at Vernon Park after the Queen has left, where they will watch some sport and meet people involved in the Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge.

Nottingham City Council leader Jon Collins, said: "As the capital of the East Midlands, it's great Nottingham's playing host to this royal visit.

"I'm sure that local people will give the royal party a warm welcome and will be excited about getting the chance to also see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations."

The Queen will then travel to Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire, which is hosting a Diamond Jubilee Picnic, before making a final stop at the Olympic swimming pool in Corby, Northamptonshire, where she will watch a high diving display.

She will also visit The Cube, a building which houses council offices, a library and theatre.

The Diamond Jubilee tour began on March 8 in Leicester and has taken in a number of cities and regions so far including Manchester, Salisbury, Richmond and Liverpool.

So far this year, the Queen has received more than 130,000 letters and messages of goodwill with 45 sacks of post delivered to Buckingham Palace.

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