Royal visit announced for Milton Keynes to mark City Status
On Thursday 16 February, His Majesty The King will attend a celebratory reception at Milton Keynes’ Church of Christ the Cornerstone to mark Milton Keynes’ new status as a city, awarded as part of The late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
During the afternoon reception, His Majesty will meet a range of community groups representing charitable, business, faith, environmental and arts organisations in Milton Keynes.
A dedicated space will be made available outside the Church for local people to await the arrival of Their Majesties. The car park between the front of the Church and Saxon Gate will be closed from 10pm on 15 February to enable a safe barriered area to be created. The car park will reopen after the reception on 16 February.
When will His Majesty The King arrive?
His Majesty will attend a reception planned for early afternoon. Precise times won’t be provided.
Which area will be closed, and when?
The car park between the front of the Church and Saxon Gate will be closed from 10pm on 15 February to enable a safe barriered area to be created (as indicated on this map – green areas are closed for parking and are where the public can gather, blue areas are closed to the public entirely). The car park will reopen after the reception on 16 February
Signs are already in place confirming that vehicles left in this area after 10pm on 15 February will be removed.
Milton Keynes was named a city as part of celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in May last year.
The council brought together more than 50 knowledgeable people and organisations to develop the bid, which also had a wealth of public support with hundreds of residents submitting photographs of their favourite local places, and a competition for pupils to design a ‘flag for MK’ running in schools. A free digital light parade and concert headlined by Sam Ryder to celebrate the honour was attended by thousands of local people in October.