The Isle of Man Government has unveiled full details of Queen Camilla’s imminent visit to Douglas.

Scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 20, Her Majesty's one-day visit will be filled with ceremonial events and community engagements. Queen Camilla’s Itinerary Highlights:

The visit will start at Ronaldsway Airport, where she will be greeted by Lieutenant Governor Sir John Lorimer and Lady Lorimer, Chief Constable Russ Foster, and Captain of the Parish of Malew Peter Quayle.

The party will then travel directly to Douglas City Hall, with a scheduled arrival time of 12.45 pm, and will be greeted by Mayor of Douglas Natalie Byron-Teare, Council Leader Claire Wells, and Chief Officer Kathy Rice.

Once inside, the Queen will deliver a speech on behalf of His Majesty the King and present the Letters Patent conferring city status on the Borough of Douglas.

Moving back outside onto Ridgeway Street at around 1.15 pm, Her Majesty will unveil a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion before meeting members of the public.

Community Engagement and Celebrations:

At 1.30 pm, the party will take the short drive to Government House in Onchan, where the Queen will be met by Chief Minister Alfred Cannan MHK, Deputy Chief Minister and Middle MHK Jane Poole-Wilson, President of Tynwald Laurence Skelly MLC, and Speaker of the House of Keys Juan Watterson MHK.

The Royal Anthem and Manx National Anthem will precede the Queen's meeting with representatives from a range of organisations, charities, and community groups from across the island.

These include members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), an organisation which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, Civil Defence, Manx Bluetits swimming club, military veterans, Captains of the Parish, and Isle of Man charities and organisations working in the fields of environmental protection and cancer care.

More than 100 children from nearby Onchan and Cronk-y-Berry schools will also be in attendance, as well as Army Cadets from the combined forces on the island.

The visit will conclude shortly after 3pm when Her Majesty will travel back to Ronaldsway Airport.

Anticipation and Excitement:

Lieutenant Governor Sir John Lorimer said: ‘I am delighted that Her Majesty the Queen is able to join us to confer city status on Douglas on behalf of The Lord of Mann.

‘This will be a very special ceremony.

‘It is also thrilling that Her Majesty will be able to meet Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteers during that organisation’s bicentenary celebration year.

‘In addition, Her Majesty will also have the opportunity to meet representatives from a wide range of Manx voluntary organisations and charities that are such a special part of our beautiful Island. Everyone is very much looking forward to Wednesday.’

Chief Minister Alfred Cannan MHK said: ‘The Manx community stores great pride in hosting occasions such as the Queen’s visit this week.

‘I know many are looking forward to celebrating Douglas’s city status being recognised in such an auspicious manner, and that those attending Government House will present the Island’s culture, community, and way of life with positivity and vigour.’

Mayor of Douglas Natalie Byron-Teare said: ‘These are exciting times, and it will be a tremendous honour to welcome Her Majesty to Douglas.

‘Wednesday will be a truly historic day to celebrate city status, and naturally, we are hoping for good weather and the chance for as many people as possible to greet Queen Camilla upon her arrival in the island’s capital.’

Important note to residents:

Residents are advised of road closures and restrictions in Douglas city centre starting from 6 am on Wednesday.

Comprehensive information on road closures can be accessed here as well as the bus timetable and service changes as a result of the visit.