The Trust is deeply honoured that Her Majesty The Queen will be unveiling a Walkway on the occasion of her 90th Birthday later this month.
On 21st April The Queen will launch The Queen's Walkway in Windsor as part of a walkabout from The Castle.
The Queen's Walkway was designed by The Outdoor Trust to celebrate the moment Her Majesty became Britain's longest reigning monarch on 9th September 2015. A symbolic 63 points of interest have been connected on a 6.3km route (approximately 4 miles) representing the 63 year reign. Bronze markers have been placed in the ground outside each point of interest and are already interpreted on the Trust's Commonwealth Walkway app which can be downloaded here.
By 21st April the app will be available on both Google Play and Apple platforms and a new leaflet will be published promoting the Walkway thanks to a recent donation from The Louis Baylis Trust. The Trust is inviting some of the key people who have helped create the Walkway to join them for this special occasion and looks forward to entertaining them afterwards in Vicars Hall, Windsor Castle.
The Queen's Walkway has inspired the Trust to create a parallel network of Walkways in The Commonwealth and as such the Trust is also inviting some of the key members of The Commonwealth to the launch including: Baroness Scotland, designate Commonwealth Secretary General, Louise Martin, President of The Commonwealth Games Federation, Sir Anand Satayan, President of The Commonwealth Foundation and Lord Marland, President of the Commonwealth Business Forum.
Similar bronze crested EIIR markers are already being installed on a dozen Walkways in various countries and Her Majesty launched the first complete route in Malta as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November 2015. By 2018 it is hoped that there will be 100 Commonwealth Walkways, connecting 5,000 rich and diverse points of significance and uniting the Commonwealth family with an appropriate legacy that is accessible for everyone to share and enjoy.
Works begin this week to ensure the panel in Windsor, to be unveiled by The Queen, is installed at the top of Peascod Street outside The Castle. The illustrator, Paul Waters, will be travelling from Liverpool to see the panel unveiled and explain the design and production technique. Paul, who despite officially retired at the end of 2015, has kindly agreed to continue designing future panels for the Trust as future Walkways are developed across The Commonwealth.
The Trust is actively raising funds to make the 100 Commonwealth Walkways a reality in time for 2018. Do please get in touch if you would like to support our work.
Tony and Pauline from Photocast wrapping the The Queen's Walkway panel for special delivery to Windsor.