Royals Will Make the Rounds in Va., Md. and D.C.

Coming soon: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
Coming soon: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. (By Fred Chartrand -- Associated Press)
Wednesday, April 25, 2007

British Embassy officials say there will be opportunities for the public to see the queen during her U.S. visit May 3-8. Although details are being withheld until next week because of security concerns, the embassy plans to release the queen's motorcade route in each community so residents may line it.

When she stops in Williamsburg May 3, the queen will travel by carriage from the old state Capitol to her hotel, the Williamsburg Inn. In Washington, the queen will visit the National World War II Memorial, which probably will be open to the public. "Where there are opportunities for the public, the more the merrier," said Steve Atkins, embassy spokesman.

Here are the queen's U.S. stops:

May 3

Visit governor's mansion in Richmond before going to the Capitol for a speech to the General Assembly.

May 4

Go to Jamestown Settlement, attend luncheon at the Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg, visit with students and alumni at the College of William and Mary, and ring the Wren Bell. In Norfolk, the Duke of Edinburgh will attend a reception aboard the USS Wisconsin.

May 5

Attend Kentucky Derby in Louisville.

May 7

Visit the White House, eat lunch with President Bush and attend a state dinner.

May 8

Tour the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, hand out three awards at the ambassador's residence and visit patients at the Children's National Medical Center.

Lay a wreath at the National World War II Memorial, meet veterans of the war in the Pacific and GI war brides and visit the Field of Stars.

Before departing in the evening, host a return dinner at the ambassador's residence attended by the president and first lady.

For more information, go tohttp://www.governor.virginia.gov/Queenorhttp://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page5531.asp.

-- Tim Craig


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