Apology as Queen is unable to visit Braintree school at short notice

Essex County Standard: Apology as Queen is unable to visit Braintree school at short notice Apology as Queen is unable to visit Braintree school at short notice

The Queen will be visiting Felsted School and Chelmsford next month.

On May 6, Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Felsted School which is celebrating its 450th year and Chelmsford Cathedral as the diocese marks its 100th year.

Following the announcement, Braintree Facebook users suggested the Queen should also pay a visit to John Ray Infant School pupils after their building burnt down late August last year.

A spokesman for the Queen said: “Her visits are planned a very long time in advance - about four to six months and we don’t add engagements at a week’s notice.

“I understand why it’s important for the community and I’m very sorry, but these things are arranged in a lot of detail.

“The Queen gets invited to attend lots of different events.

“People can write in and make a request for a visit through the Lord Lieutenant’s office in each county.”

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5:01pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

Of course a Private School will get a visit from the Queen and of course the government school would not.... What does one expect from the unelected Head of State? Equality for all?
Of course a Private School will get a visit from the Queen and of course the government school would not.... What does one expect from the unelected Head of State? Equality for all? Jack222
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7:10pm Tue 22 Apr 14

/@|_|@\ says...

It's a four hundred and fifty year old (private) school. For heaven's sakes, man. And, she's not the government, is she? As you yourself correctly pointed out, she's the head of state. That's it and all about it.
It's a four hundred and fifty year old (private) school. For heaven's sakes, man. And, she's not the government, is she? As you yourself correctly pointed out, she's the head of state. That's it and all about it. /@|_|@\
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9:28am Wed 23 Apr 14

wormshero says...

The amount of security planning alone that goes into these kind of visits would explain the inability to visit on short notice - I doubt there's some class system conspiracy here. That said, if the building burned down 9 months ago then if someone had contacted them late last year perhaps there's more chance it could have been included in the trip.
The amount of security planning alone that goes into these kind of visits would explain the inability to visit on short notice - I doubt there's some class system conspiracy here. That said, if the building burned down 9 months ago then if someone had contacted them late last year perhaps there's more chance it could have been included in the trip. wormshero
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11:31am Wed 23 Apr 14

keith_l says...

If a visit was to be arranged, it would be more appropriate for the formal opening of the newly rebuilt school.
If a visit was to be arranged, it would be more appropriate for the formal opening of the newly rebuilt school. keith_l
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9:18pm Tue 29 Apr 14

ellie5555 says...

Jack222 wrote:
Of course a Private School will get a visit from the Queen and of course the government school would not.... What does one expect from the unelected Head of State? Equality for all?
Well of course it takes months to arrange these things...nothing about Private schools vs state, apparently the Queen was keen to honour her mother's memory, mirroring a visit which she had done at the school's 400th birthday.
Stop being chippy Jack, if you want the Queen to visit your local school try applying in the appropriate way rather than making it a class thing.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Of course a Private School will get a visit from the Queen and of course the government school would not.... What does one expect from the unelected Head of State? Equality for all?[/p][/quote]Well of course it takes months to arrange these things...nothing about Private schools vs state, apparently the Queen was keen to honour her mother's memory, mirroring a visit which she had done at the school's 400th birthday. Stop being chippy Jack, if you want the Queen to visit your local school try applying in the appropriate way rather than making it a class thing. ellie5555
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