Queen for the Day - Thursday, 7 June 2012
Museum visitor Coral Williams will be crowned queen for the day (today, Thursday) as the Royal Armouries launches Royal Week to mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Leeds.
Coral will wear a crown from part of the Royal Armouries’ collection of replica Crown Jewels, normally housed in the Tower of London but currently in Leeds for a limited period. The collection will be on show to the public at special sessions throughout Royal Week at the museum.
The replica crown jewels – made from white base metal and set with imitation stones – will form a centrepiece at Britain’s oldest museum during Royal Week (June 2 to 10).
Previously used by the Department of Trade for display purposes, there are 22 replica pieces in this collection. Five exhibits are now in Leeds – for more details, please see the editor’s notes.
As part of her special day, Carol will be served tea by a knight in shining armour – and enjoy patriotic cupcakes donated by Leeds’ company Exquisite Handmade Cakes.
Royal Week runs from June 2 to 10, as follows. Museum admission is free but charges apply to some events. Free parking is also available for a week, from June 2, in the multi-storey car park at Clarence Dock, to mark the Jubilee.
Free Diamond Jubilee Party – Come and join us for a right royal knees-up on Tuesday, June 5, from 10am – 5pm, with music, dancing, games and free treats including tea, coffee, juice, scones and biscuits, provided by the private sector corporate hospitality business, Royal Armouries (International) Plc.
Enjoy entertainment from majorette groups and dance to live music, courtesy of the band Anything Goes between 12.30 and 3pm. Visitors can also view the Jubilee Celebrations in London as they are screened live in the Royal Armouries Hall on large TV screens all day – and see the whole museum bedecked in red, white and blue.
Royal Treasure Trail – Explore the galleries and find the royal treasures.
Free trail and puzzle sheet, plus prize draw for all correct entries. Daily.
Falconry – Experience the thrill of watching magnificent birds of prey in live flying demonstrations on Saturday, June 2, and Tuesday, June 5, at 1pm and 3pm. Adults £4, children £2.
Falconry Experience – Get up close and personal with the magnificent birds. These unforgettable experiences are provided in small groups and supervised throughout by expert falconers on June 2 and 5, at 1.45pm and 3.45pm. Adults £8, children £6 – to include entry to the show. Maximum 20 places per session.
Horse Shows – A breathtaking charge through history featuring some of the best stunt-riders in the business, on Sunday, June 3, and Monday, June 4, at 12 noon and 3pm. Atkinson’s Horses in Action regularly perform on prime-time television and in blockbuster films. Recent credits include The King’s Speech, Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Adults £5, children £3.
Talks & Tours – Explore the Museum on a guided tour or listen in at one of our fascinating talks. See the daily What’s On guide for more information.
Jesters’ Yard Play Area – Create a colourful crown – plus lots more fun activities for the under 10s. £2.50 per child.
The Diamond Jubilee activities are just part of the Royal Armouries’ Dangerously Entertaining events programme for 2012.
For more information and the latest news about the Royal Armouries:
Notes to editors
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
- Information Line: 0113 220 1999
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.