The Queen to visit Chichester tomorrow

Her Majesty the Queen.''Picture: Malcolm Wells
Her Majesty the Queen.''Picture: Malcolm Wells
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LARGE crowds are expected to greet the arrival of Her Majesty The Queen tomorrow when she visits Chichester for the first time in 27 years.

The monarch will be a guest at the Chichester Festival Theatre as part of a visit to West Sussex.

The theatre’s executive director, Rachel Tackley, said staff were ‘delighted and honoured’ to host Her Majesty’s visit.

She said: ‘Our brilliant Youth Theatre will be performing for Her Majesty, alongside Omid Djalili and other members of the Fiddler on the Roof company, and we are all very excited.’

After the performance, The Queen will be entertained to lunch in the theatre restaurant, with guests including Dame Patricia Routledge.

Lionel Barnard, chairman of West Sussex County Council, said the Queen last visited Chichester in 1990 when she came to the Military Police Training Centre and last came to West Sussex in 2007.

Mayor of Chichester Peter Evans, who is also in the welcoming party, said it would be an honour to represent the people of Chichester and he was sure it would be an event which everyone would enjoy.

The Queen will also visit Portsmouth on December 7 to formally commision HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Her Majesty will visit the vessel for the first time since it was formally named by her in 2014.