Berkshire

Windsor bandstand plan for longest reigning monarch

Alexandra Gardens Image copyright Richard Slessor
Image caption The replica bandstand will be installed in Alexandra Gardens in Windsor

A bandstand is to be built in Windsor to commemorate the Queen becoming the longest-reigning British monarch.

On 9 September, Queen Elizabeth II is set to pass the record set by Queen Victoria, who reigned for 23,226 days.

The bandstand, which will also celebrate the town's links with the armed forces, will be a replica of an Edwardian structure that used to be in Alexandra Gardens.

The project will also include planting and lighting in the gardens.

Local young people will be invited to take part in an activity to design six panels for the bandstand, recording notable military events from the last six decades.

Mark Taylor, head of libraries at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, said: "We are looking forward to being able to implement this project...and commemorate Her Majesty the Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch later this year."

The For Queen and Community project has been awarded £161,600 through the Armed Forces Community Covenant and the remaining £254,600 cost will come from developer contributions.

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