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THE people of Coventry could catch a close-up glimpse of the Royal couple when they visit Coventry next week.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting the city on Tuesday as part of a double celebration to congratulate Coventry on becoming the new UK City of Culture and open Coventry University’s new Science and Health Building.
People are being encouraged to come out and give a rousing, flag waving welcome to them – but they may also get a close look and maybe shake the hands of the couple themselves.
The visit will include a public walkabout in the Cathedral Ruins and people across the city are being invited to go along and make it a day to remember – and maybe get the chance to shake a Royal hand and say hello.
There will be a limited number of spaces within the ruins and people are being encouraged to get there early as entry will be on a first-come firstserved basis.
Those who want to be in with a chance of being one of the lucky ones inside the ruins for the walkabout should make sure they arrive before 11am. Gates will open at 9am.
The only entry points to the ruins will be by the main steps leading to the cathedral and from Bayley Lane, close to St Mary’s Guildhall.
People are advised to avoid carrying bags wherever possible and to allow extra time for any journeys, as there will be road closures in place throughout the visit. Crowds can also look to see the Royal couple as they leave the Cathedral by car from University Square, Priory Street and Bayley Lane. For security reasons, on-street parking will be suspended from 6pm on Monday January 15 on Cuckoo Lane, Pepper Lane, Priory Row, St Mary’s Street and Bayley Lane until 2pm the following day. On-street parking will also be suspended on Whitefriars Lane and Whitefriars Street from 6am on Tuesday January 16 until 2pm. Both roads will close completely between 11.45am and 2pm while Whitefriars long stay car park will be closed on Tuesday until 2pm. Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Tony Skipper, said: “It’s going to be another memorable day for our city and we’re looking forward to seeing many Coventry people there, waving flags and cheering for our Royal visitors.
“We want people from right across the city, young and old, to help give the Duke and Duchess a warm Coventry welcome and show how proud we are to be UK City of Culture in 2021.”
After the walkabout in the ruins, the Royal Party will visit the cathedral where they will learn about its history and its work to promote peace and reconciliation around the world.
They will be taking part in the Litany of Reconciliation at the cathedral when they visit.
The Litany was written in 1958 by the first Canon Precentor of the new cathedral, Rev Joseph Poole.
It is a prayer that has been in use for decades and continues to be prayed each weekday at noon in a short ceremony in Coventry Cathedral as well as by thousands of people around the world through the Community of the Cross of Nails.
The Litany is a universal and timeless confession of humanity’s failings loosely based on the seven cardinal sins.
Using Provost Howard’s words of “Father Forgive”, it encourages us to ask for forgiveness for ourselves and to forgive one another because we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).
This prayer is at the heart of the Reconciliation Ministry as it inspires us to bring a message of healing and hope to those hurting situations described in the Litany.
They will then visit the Rising Café based at the Cathedral, which is a social enterprise run by Betel UK charity, helping those who are homeless or have addiction problems with residential help and training to reintegrate into the community.
Their Royal Highnesses will then visit Coventry University to officially open the new Science and Health building, which has combined new lab facilities with simulation equipment for teaching and research.
The visit will end with a trip to the Positive Youth Foundation in Hillfields, where they will be shown how it works to support young people – including newly arrived asylum seekers and refugees – through sport, music, education and training.