Lord Burghley.After being welcomed by Burghley House Director Miranda Rock – a directdescendant of William Cecil – and the Lord Lieutenants of the four counties, theroyal couple met some of the 10,000 guests enjoying the summer picnic in thesweeping parkland. The Queen and members of the Royal Family are marking the Diamond Jubileewith a series of engagements throughout the United Kingdom and theCommonwealth and the Burghley picnic was part of her official visit to the EastMidlands this week.While the picnic was a private event, there will be plenty more going on duringthe summer at Burghley for visitors who want to join in national celebrations.For a spectacular afternoon and evening of summer entertainment, the annual
Battle Proms at Burghley (7 July 2012)
will this year have a Royal themetoo – along with its usual mix of mounted cavalry, Spitfire aerial display andsoul-stirring orchestral music.For 2012 a special Diamond Jubilee Gun Salute will be provided by the gunnersof the English Field Artillery Company who will fire a volley of shots froman authentic vintage field gun.With the magnificent Burghley House as the backdrop, the event closes withthe traditional sing-along, flag-waving proms finale, including favourites RuleBritannia, God Save the Queen and Land of Hope and Glory, culminating ina dazzling firework spectacular. Jubilee celebrations will continue in to autumn at Burghley thanks to its annual
Flower Festival (6th-14th October)
- when the State Rooms aretransformed with floral displays created by local flower societies – which thisyear will also have a Jubilee theme.For full details visitwww.burghley.co.ukor telephone 01780 752451.
Burghley, near Stamford in Lincolnshire, has been the home of the Cecil Familyfor over 400 years and is England’s greatest Elizabethan House. Burghley isowned and maintained by Burghley House Preservation Trust, which looks after