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May 1, 2007

Information on How to View the Royal Visit May 3-4

This week’s visit by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, offers selected viewing opportunities for the public events May 3-4.

Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area planning to view the late afternoon carriage ride down a portion of Duke of Gloucester Street on Thursday, May 3 should arrive early. Public access will be through security screening locations in the Historic Area.

Public parking will be available in surface lots around the Historic Area and Merchants Square, and the Prince George Street parking garage on South Henry Street. Francis Street will be closed to traffic Thursday afternoon.

To accommodate additional viewing of Thursday’s carriage ride, Colonial Williamsburg will provide a large video screen in the Historic Area on Nicholson Street at Market Square.

On Friday, May 4 the Colonial Parkway closes at 6 a.m. from North England Street to Jamestown. It will reopen later on Friday afternoon.

The visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to Jamestown Settlement living history museum will be broadcast on a large screen on the mall adjacent to Jamestown Settlement’s visitor services and gallery complex. Admission to the mall is free on a first-come, first-served basis, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., through the museum entrance. Standing room only is available. Blankets are permitted, but chairs and coolers are prohibited. Parking will be limited. Museum exhibits (film, gallery exhibits and outdoor re-created Powhatan Indian village, 1607 ships and fort) will be closed until noon on May 4. Jamestown Settlement is located at Route 31 South and the Colonial Parkway in James City County.

The royal party’s visit continues to Historic Jamestowne and will be a reflective time for Her Majesty and His Royal Highness. Attendance will be limited to members of the official party and invited guests.

The royal visit continues Friday in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area with an invitation-only luncheon at the Governor’s Palace. Guests may view the arrival from positions on palace green.

The royal party will visit the College of William and Mary Friday afternoon and will be greeted by the president and rector of the college and students, faculty, staff, alumni and public in the Wren Yard and Wren Courtyard. Tickets are not required for the public. Following a brief program in the Courtyard, the royal party will tour the Wren Building and view the bell ringing traditionally reserved for seniors on their last day of class at the college. The college also plans multiple viewing screens.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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