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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.

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