Details of the Queen's visit to Worcester revealed

VIST: The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh

VIST: The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh

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WORCESTER is gearing up for a visit from the Queen as part of her regional tour for the Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will vist the Faithfull City on Wednesday, July 11 and highlights will include officially opening The Hive, the county's new library and history centre.

Worcester is known as the "Faithful City" because of its long standing loyalty to the Royal family, dating to the Battle of Worcester in 1651, the final conflict of the English Civil War.

After the opening of the Hive, the royal party will then move on to Worcester Guildhall, where they will enjoy a reception and lunch with community representatives from across Worcestershire.

This will be followed by a chance for the royal couple to meet residents on the High Street, where VisitWorcester will be organising two themed displays celebrating Worcester's heritage.

Finally, The Queen and the Duke will visit Worcester Cathedral to join the local community to listen to a celebration of the Diamond Jubilee in words and music.

Adrian Hardman, leader of Worcestershire County Council, said: “The visit to Worcestershire by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to open The Hive is an honour and privilege.

“It will focus a well deserved spotlight on the county and we are tremendously proud to be showcasing the county's newest public building to the Royal couple."

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11:24am Mon 30 Apr 12

Andrew Guy says...

"The Faithful City" is a misnomer.
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Prior to the arrival of the Royalist Army in the late summer of 1651, Worcester was the location of a small Parliamentary Garrison. The Royalist Army quartered, fed and reclothed itself without recompensing the people of the city. At a Royalist muster on Pitchcroft prior to the battle, the Royalist army recruited virtually none of the local population to fight for it. When Fort Royal fell to Cromwell the citizens of Worcester tried to shut the Sidbury Gate to keep the fleeing Royalists out of the walled city, but Charles Stuart just managed to slip through before the gate was closed. Then began his legendary escape from St Martin's Gate, via the Boscobel Oak tree to France.
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Yet Worcester is, curiously, now known as the Faithful City. Does anyone know how this came about?
"The Faithful City" is a misnomer. - Prior to the arrival of the Royalist Army in the late summer of 1651, Worcester was the location of a small Parliamentary Garrison. The Royalist Army quartered, fed and reclothed itself without recompensing the people of the city. At a Royalist muster on Pitchcroft prior to the battle, the Royalist army recruited virtually none of the local population to fight for it. When Fort Royal fell to Cromwell the citizens of Worcester tried to shut the Sidbury Gate to keep the fleeing Royalists out of the walled city, but Charles Stuart just managed to slip through before the gate was closed. Then began his legendary escape from St Martin's Gate, via the Boscobel Oak tree to France. - Yet Worcester is, curiously, now known as the Faithful City. Does anyone know how this came about? Andrew Guy
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12:55pm Mon 30 Apr 12

pudniw_gib says...

Is that the Queen Bee?
sorry...
Is that the Queen Bee? sorry... pudniw_gib
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1:03pm Mon 30 Apr 12

140354 says...

Andrew Guy wrote:
"The Faithful City" is a misnomer.
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Prior to the arrival of the Royalist Army in the late summer of 1651, Worcester was the location of a small Parliamentary Garrison. The Royalist Army quartered, fed and reclothed itself without recompensing the people of the city. At a Royalist muster on Pitchcroft prior to the battle, the Royalist army recruited virtually none of the local population to fight for it. When Fort Royal fell to Cromwell the citizens of Worcester tried to shut the Sidbury Gate to keep the fleeing Royalists out of the walled city, but Charles Stuart just managed to slip through before the gate was closed. Then began his legendary escape from St Martin's Gate, via the Boscobel Oak tree to France.
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Yet Worcester is, curiously, now known as the Faithful City. Does anyone know how this came about?
You seem to know more about it than most... so what's your theory?
[quote][p][bold]Andrew Guy[/bold] wrote: "The Faithful City" is a misnomer. - Prior to the arrival of the Royalist Army in the late summer of 1651, Worcester was the location of a small Parliamentary Garrison. The Royalist Army quartered, fed and reclothed itself without recompensing the people of the city. At a Royalist muster on Pitchcroft prior to the battle, the Royalist army recruited virtually none of the local population to fight for it. When Fort Royal fell to Cromwell the citizens of Worcester tried to shut the Sidbury Gate to keep the fleeing Royalists out of the walled city, but Charles Stuart just managed to slip through before the gate was closed. Then began his legendary escape from St Martin's Gate, via the Boscobel Oak tree to France. - Yet Worcester is, curiously, now known as the Faithful City. Does anyone know how this came about?[/p][/quote]You seem to know more about it than most... so what's your theory? 140354
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1:05pm Mon 30 Apr 12

140354 says...

pudniw_gib wrote:
Is that the Queen Bee?
sorry...
I just got that... nice one... I bet the Worcester News uses that in a headline when she comes :o)
[quote][p][bold]pudniw_gib[/bold] wrote: Is that the Queen Bee? sorry...[/p][/quote]I just got that... nice one... I bet the Worcester News uses that in a headline when she comes :o) 140354
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2:13pm Mon 30 Apr 12

sugarlump says...

probably because her son the Prince of Wales refused to be associated with another carbuncle!!
probably because her son the Prince of Wales refused to be associated with another carbuncle!! sugarlump
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2:31pm Mon 30 Apr 12

MrStJohns says...

sugarlump wrote:
probably because her son the Prince of Wales refused to be associated with another carbuncle!!
My oh my you are bitter, im sure those with less venom than yourself will be looking forward to both the opening of the hive by the queen and using it in future.
[quote][p][bold]sugarlump[/bold] wrote: probably because her son the Prince of Wales refused to be associated with another carbuncle!![/p][/quote]My oh my you are bitter, im sure those with less venom than yourself will be looking forward to both the opening of the hive by the queen and using it in future. MrStJohns
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3:04pm Mon 30 Apr 12

CJH says...

"Yet Worcester is, curiously, now known as the Faithful City. Does anyone know how this came about?”
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Clever 17th century PR and marketing. Probably used a team of ye olde consultants...
"Yet Worcester is, curiously, now known as the Faithful City. Does anyone know how this came about?” . Clever 17th century PR and marketing. Probably used a team of ye olde consultants... CJH
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4:14pm Mon 30 Apr 12

TDH123 says...

When I moved to Worcester I assumed it was called the "faithfull city" as it had low incidences of adultery . . .
When I moved to Worcester I assumed it was called the "faithfull city" as it had low incidences of adultery . . . TDH123
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6:18pm Mon 30 Apr 12

Olga says...

TDH123 says...
4:14pm Mon 30 Apr 12

When I moved to Worcester I assumed it was called the "faithfull city" as it had low incidences of adultery . . .
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......Oh dear ---

Perhaps I'd better move !!
;)
TDH123 says... 4:14pm Mon 30 Apr 12 When I moved to Worcester I assumed it was called the "faithfull city" as it had low incidences of adultery . . . . . . ......Oh dear --- Perhaps I'd better move !! ;) Olga
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6:53pm Mon 30 Apr 12

worcswolf says...

Any excuse to see the Queen is always nice, but i feel embarrassed she has to put her name to a building so out of keeping with the buildings around it. The Dive it should be called every time i drive round their im amazed the planners allowed it it should be recladded in brick.i dont think ill ever take to it. Nice to see her majesty though
Any excuse to see the Queen is always nice, but i feel embarrassed she has to put her name to a building so out of keeping with the buildings around it. The Dive it should be called every time i drive round their im amazed the planners allowed it it should be recladded in brick.i dont think ill ever take to it. Nice to see her majesty though worcswolf
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7:38pm Mon 30 Apr 12

The Doosra says...

worcswolf wrote:
Any excuse to see the Queen is always nice, but i feel embarrassed she has to put her name to a building so out of keeping with the buildings around it. The Dive it should be called every time i drive round their im amazed the planners allowed it it should be recladded in brick.i dont think ill ever take to it. Nice to see her majesty though
Oh, absolutely - the area was crying out for another building like the former Images club.
[quote][p][bold]worcswolf[/bold] wrote: Any excuse to see the Queen is always nice, but i feel embarrassed she has to put her name to a building so out of keeping with the buildings around it. The Dive it should be called every time i drive round their im amazed the planners allowed it it should be recladded in brick.i dont think ill ever take to it. Nice to see her majesty though[/p][/quote]Oh, absolutely - the area was crying out for another building like the former Images club. The Doosra
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7:46pm Mon 30 Apr 12

CJH says...

worcswolf wrote:
Any excuse to see the Queen is always nice, but i feel embarrassed she has to put her name to a building so out of keeping with the buildings around it. The Dive it should be called every time i drive round their im amazed the planners allowed it it should be recladded in brick.i dont think ill ever take to it. Nice to see her majesty though
Recladded in brick? Have you no imagination? Can't believe people are still moaning about it. Change the record for goodness sake - it's there, it's not going to be painted, pebbledashed or pulled down. Pray tell what buildings near it you wish it to look like? The old Russell & Dorrell building (ugly as sin), the railway arches (filthy and full of weeds), the Butts (with its attractive collection of pubs and nightclubs), multistorey carpark and bus station (functional only)? A bit of support would be nice for the purpose of the building instead of seeing what is only on the surface.
[quote][p][bold]worcswolf[/bold] wrote: Any excuse to see the Queen is always nice, but i feel embarrassed she has to put her name to a building so out of keeping with the buildings around it. The Dive it should be called every time i drive round their im amazed the planners allowed it it should be recladded in brick.i dont think ill ever take to it. Nice to see her majesty though[/p][/quote]Recladded in brick? Have you no imagination? Can't believe people are still moaning about it. Change the record for goodness sake - it's there, it's not going to be painted, pebbledashed or pulled down. Pray tell what buildings near it you wish it to look like? The old Russell & Dorrell building (ugly as sin), the railway arches (filthy and full of weeds), the Butts (with its attractive collection of pubs and nightclubs), multistorey carpark and bus station (functional only)? A bit of support would be nice for the purpose of the building instead of seeing what is only on the surface. CJH
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7:58pm Mon 30 Apr 12

Maggie Would says...

CJH wrote:
worcswolf wrote:
Any excuse to see the Queen is always nice, but i feel embarrassed she has to put her name to a building so out of keeping with the buildings around it. The Dive it should be called every time i drive round their im amazed the planners allowed it it should be recladded in brick.i dont think ill ever take to it. Nice to see her majesty though
Recladded in brick? Have you no imagination? Can't believe people are still moaning about it. Change the record for goodness sake - it's there, it's not going to be painted, pebbledashed or pulled down. Pray tell what buildings near it you wish it to look like? The old Russell & Dorrell building (ugly as sin), the railway arches (filthy and full of weeds), the Butts (with its attractive collection of pubs and nightclubs), multistorey carpark and bus station (functional only)? A bit of support would be nice for the purpose of the building instead of seeing what is only on the surface.
Hear hear.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]worcswolf[/bold] wrote: Any excuse to see the Queen is always nice, but i feel embarrassed she has to put her name to a building so out of keeping with the buildings around it. The Dive it should be called every time i drive round their im amazed the planners allowed it it should be recladded in brick.i dont think ill ever take to it. Nice to see her majesty though[/p][/quote]Recladded in brick? Have you no imagination? Can't believe people are still moaning about it. Change the record for goodness sake - it's there, it's not going to be painted, pebbledashed or pulled down. Pray tell what buildings near it you wish it to look like? The old Russell & Dorrell building (ugly as sin), the railway arches (filthy and full of weeds), the Butts (with its attractive collection of pubs and nightclubs), multistorey carpark and bus station (functional only)? A bit of support would be nice for the purpose of the building instead of seeing what is only on the surface.[/p][/quote]Hear hear. Maggie Would
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12:10am Tue 1 May 12

Jabbadad says...

I still have questions in my mind as to the exterior design of the Hive, however I will reserve my overall judgement until I have actually visited it.
But as to the so-called funny postings as to our Queen, those who mock will not have contributed a fragment of their lives as our Queen has to this once wonderful country.
I still have questions in my mind as to the exterior design of the Hive, however I will reserve my overall judgement until I have actually visited it. But as to the so-called funny postings as to our Queen, those who mock will not have contributed a fragment of their lives as our Queen has to this once wonderful country. Jabbadad
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1:31pm Tue 1 May 12

worcesterbloke says...

CJH wrote:
"Yet Worcester is, curiously, now known as the Faithful City. Does anyone know how this came about?”
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Clever 17th century PR and marketing. Probably used a team of ye olde consultants...
It was all down to the overall distributer in the north of the city!
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: "Yet Worcester is, curiously, now known as the Faithful City. Does anyone know how this came about?” . Clever 17th century PR and marketing. Probably used a team of ye olde consultants...[/p][/quote]It was all down to the overall distributer in the north of the city! worcesterbloke
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4:42pm Tue 1 May 12

CJH says...

worcesterbloke wrote:
CJH wrote: "Yet Worcester is, curiously, now known as the Faithful City. Does anyone know how this came about?” . Clever 17th century PR and marketing. Probably used a team of ye olde consultants...
It was all down to the overall distributer in the north of the city!
Clever!
[quote][p][bold]worcesterbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: "Yet Worcester is, curiously, now known as the Faithful City. Does anyone know how this came about?” . Clever 17th century PR and marketing. Probably used a team of ye olde consultants...[/p][/quote]It was all down to the overall distributer in the north of the city![/p][/quote]Clever! CJH
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4:47pm Tue 1 May 12

worcesterbloke says...

CJH wrote:
worcesterbloke wrote:
CJH wrote: "Yet Worcester is, curiously, now known as the Faithful City. Does anyone know how this came about?” . Clever 17th century PR and marketing. Probably used a team of ye olde consultants...
It was all down to the overall distributer in the north of the city!
Clever!
Thank you sir!
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]worcesterbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: "Yet Worcester is, curiously, now known as the Faithful City. Does anyone know how this came about?” . Clever 17th century PR and marketing. Probably used a team of ye olde consultants...[/p][/quote]It was all down to the overall distributer in the north of the city![/p][/quote]Clever![/p][/quote]Thank you sir! worcesterbloke
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4:52pm Tue 1 May 12

CJH says...

worcesterbloke wrote:
CJH wrote:
worcesterbloke wrote:
CJH wrote: "Yet Worcester is, curiously, now known as the Faithful City. Does anyone know how this came about?” . Clever 17th century PR and marketing. Probably used a team of ye olde consultants...
It was all down to the overall distributer in the north of the city!
Clever!
Thank you sir!
That should be thank you madam, but hey ho, it's nice to be appreciated any which way! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]worcesterbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]worcesterbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: "Yet Worcester is, curiously, now known as the Faithful City. Does anyone know how this came about?” . Clever 17th century PR and marketing. Probably used a team of ye olde consultants...[/p][/quote]It was all down to the overall distributer in the north of the city![/p][/quote]Clever![/p][/quote]Thank you sir![/p][/quote]That should be thank you madam, but hey ho, it's nice to be appreciated any which way! ;-) CJH
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12:55pm Wed 2 May 12

The Curious Kumquat says...

How much of my income tax / council tax is contributing to this uncessary bun fight then?

I hear that Timmy Mallet is quite cheap for this sort of thing....
How much of my income tax / council tax is contributing to this uncessary bun fight then? I hear that Timmy Mallet is quite cheap for this sort of thing.... The Curious Kumquat
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10:08pm Wed 2 May 12

timevans says...

The Curious Kumquat wrote:
How much of my income tax / council tax is contributing to this uncessary bun fight then?

I hear that Timmy Mallet is quite cheap for this sort of thing....
a lot less than public sector pensions, thats for sure
[quote][p][bold]The Curious Kumquat[/bold] wrote: How much of my income tax / council tax is contributing to this uncessary bun fight then? I hear that Timmy Mallet is quite cheap for this sort of thing....[/p][/quote]a lot less than public sector pensions, thats for sure timevans
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1:06pm Thu 3 May 12

Ex-Worcester boy says...

Prince Philips thoughts on the building may be interesting. Say it has you see it and all that
Prince Philips thoughts on the building may be interesting. Say it has you see it and all that Ex-Worcester boy
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7:22pm Thu 3 May 12

spider666 says...

I sure hope they're wearing their Oakleys when it comes into view ;-)
I sure hope they're wearing their Oakleys when it comes into view ;-) spider666
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1:04am Sat 5 May 12

steerpike the 1st says...

the term 'the faithfull city' is nothing to do with the civil war. it's to do with one of the medieval kings, but i can't remember what. But as has been said the people of worcester were anything but loyal to charles stuart when he turned up. As for the hive it's hidious and i'm ashamed that the queen is being forced to open it. I don't care how good it is inside, it's no better or worse than any modern libary. But it will always get moaned about because the vast majority of people hate the outside of it. It's ugly and it doesn't fit in with the surroundings. and keep thinking on this. it cost £60 million pounds. repeat that to yourselves a few times. 60 million! what a waste of money!
the term 'the faithfull city' is nothing to do with the civil war. it's to do with one of the medieval kings, but i can't remember what. But as has been said the people of worcester were anything but loyal to charles stuart when he turned up. As for the hive it's hidious and i'm ashamed that the queen is being forced to open it. I don't care how good it is inside, it's no better or worse than any modern libary. But it will always get moaned about because the vast majority of people hate the outside of it. It's ugly and it doesn't fit in with the surroundings. and keep thinking on this. it cost £60 million pounds. repeat that to yourselves a few times. 60 million! what a waste of money! steerpike the 1st
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11:18am Sat 5 May 12

varien says...

I hope the Queen remembers to bring her sunglasses to protect her eyes from the sun reflecting off the building (unless it rains of course)
I hope the Queen remembers to bring her sunglasses to protect her eyes from the sun reflecting off the building (unless it rains of course) varien
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11:33am Sat 5 May 12

CJH says...

varien wrote:
I hope the Queen remembers to bring her sunglasses to protect her eyes from the sun reflecting off the building (unless it rains of course)
Yawn...
[quote][p][bold]varien[/bold] wrote: I hope the Queen remembers to bring her sunglasses to protect her eyes from the sun reflecting off the building (unless it rains of course)[/p][/quote]Yawn... CJH
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12:17pm Wed 9 May 12

JohnCSG says...

Someone needs to update Wikipedia then! It says: "Worcester was the site of the Battle of Worcester (3 September 1651), when Charles II attempted to forcefully regain the crown, in the fields a little to the west and south of the city, near the village of Powick. However, Charles II was defeated and returned to his headquarters in what is now known as King Charles house in the Cornmarket, before fleeing in disguise to Boscobel House in Shropshire from where he eventually escaped to France. Worcester was one of the cities loyal to the King in that war, for which it was given the epithet "Fidelis Civitas" ("The Faithful City"). This motto has been incorporated into the city's coat of arms."

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Worcester

As an aside my first home in Worcester was the New Street Tudor building depicted in the article.
Someone needs to update Wikipedia then! It says: "Worcester was the site of the Battle of Worcester (3 September 1651), when Charles II attempted to forcefully regain the crown, in the fields a little to the west and south of the city, near the village of Powick. However, Charles II was defeated and returned to his headquarters in what is now known as King Charles house in the Cornmarket, before fleeing in disguise to Boscobel House in Shropshire from where he eventually escaped to France. Worcester was one of the cities loyal to the King in that war, for which it was given the epithet "Fidelis Civitas" ("The Faithful City"). This motto has been incorporated into the city's coat of arms.[2]" http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Worcester As an aside my first home in Worcester was the New Street Tudor building depicted in the article. JohnCSG
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1:05pm Wed 9 May 12

CJH says...

You and Wikipedia are correct JohnCSG. It was conferred on the city by the King, it was not a name the city gave itself. I have never read anything connecting medieval kings and the faithful city (and I own/have read most local history books), so not sure where Steerpike got that from. However, if he/she has any different facts I'd like to hear them.
You and Wikipedia are correct JohnCSG. It was conferred on the city by the King, it was not a name the city gave itself. I have never read anything connecting medieval kings and the faithful city (and I own/have read most local history books), so not sure where Steerpike got that from. However, if he/she has any different facts I'd like to hear them. CJH
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