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The Queen’s Official Birthday

We are delighted that Her Majesty The Queen will mark her Official Birthday at Windsor Castle tomorrow (Saturday 12 June).

The event however won’t be visible publicly as it’s taking place in the Quadrangle inside the castle, as with the recent funeral of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

We encourage anyone who wishes to watch the parade of The Queen’s Colour of F Company Scots Guards and the Household Division to do so from home as the event is being broadcast live on BBC1 as well as streamed online.

Roads will be closed in Windsor before and after the parade, so you if you do wish to visit town, it may be advisable to do so later in the day, or perhaps leave the car at home and walk if you can. Please see our Twitter and Facebook accounts for the latest updates.

Please observe COVID-19 precautions, especially if you see a large gathering of people.

See the Royal Family website for an overview of the event
Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is due to take place next week (Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 June).
The event is ticketed and will require all attendees to provide a negative lateral flow test result. Attendees are also asked to take two polymerase chain reaction tests before and after their visit. More information can be found on the Royal Ascot website.
You may experience travel delays in the Ascot area this week, so please make sure you plan ahead when travelling.
Making the borough better for you

Each year, we invest in maintaining and improving the amenities which make our borough a better place to live. This June, we’re celebrating the ways we improve our borough.

This week we take a look at the Royal Borough’s hidden outdoor gems.

  • Alexandra Gardens, Windsor - Originally opened in 1902, these stunning gardens boast well-kept lawns, views of the Thames, and a traditional bandstand
  • Ray Mill Island, Maidenhead - Accessible by boat or foot, this beautiful island in the middle of the Thames offers lots of outdoor activities for all the family to enjoy
  • Guards Club Island, Maidenhead - Just downriver, you can find this picturesque island and its bankside park. The Brunel Bridge (also known as Maidenhead Railway Bridge) passes through the park and is the world’s largest expansion arch bridge

We’re also sharing more about how we improve our borough on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Making it easier for you to test

If you can’t collect your free COVID-19 tests during opening hours at Windsor and Braywick leisure centres, you can also pick them up from the receptions at the following centres:

Windsor and Braywick
  • Weekdays 6am – 10pm
  • Weekends 8am – 6pm

Charters, Cox Green, and Furze Platt
  • Weekdays 4.30pm – 10pm
  • Weekends 9am – 6pm

You can also now collect them from Royal Windsor Information Centre, The Old Booking Hall, Windsor Royal Station, in Thames Street, Thursday to Sundays 10am to 4pm.

Our drive-through collect service at Ascot Racecourse (car park 3), won’t be available next week (14 to 21 June) due to Royal Ascot.

Reading, Wokingham, and Bracknell Forrest are also carrying out enhanced (surge) testing due to high COVID-19 case numbers.

Twice-weekly testing helps find asymptomatic cases. Remember, even fully vaccinated you can catch the virus and transmit it to loved ones who aren’t.
Thank you Optalis

We would like to thank the Optalis Hospital Team for its hard work, particularly during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team played a pivotal part in supporting vulnerable residents to safely leave hospital.

People were discharged from hospital safely and rapidly thanks to the collaborative effort of hospital staff, the Clinical Commissioning Group, Optalis Care Quality Assurance Team, our commissioning team, and providers of at-home care services and care homes.

Optalis is also celebrating its tenth birthday, and will be sharing stories of its history, milestones, and achievements from the last ten years. Learn more on the Optalis website.
Six months of COVID vaccinations

This week marks six months since the start of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the largest in NHS history.

Frimley Health and Care is celebrating the efforts of local healthcare staff and communities whose hard work has seen more than 700,000 vaccine doses administered.

Find out more on the Frimley Health and Care website.
June’s Advantage Card offers

This month, Advantage Card holders can enjoy offers from Eton Repairs, Richmond Hill Hotel,, Tutortoo and Essense Aesthetic Beauty Clinic, see full details on our website.

If you haven’t done so already, sign up to receive our special Advantage Card offer emails.

As part of Home Safety Week (ending Sunday 20 June), Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is encouraging you to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home.

Smoke alarms should be fitted on every level of your home, and carbon monoxide alarms in any room with a fuel-burning appliance such as an open fire, wood-burning stove, or gas cooker.

To find more home safety advice, visit the RBFRS website.
Have your say

We regularly hold consultations to get your views on proposals within the Royal Borough.

Responding to our consultations and giving your feedback is the best way to ensure your views are heard.

Our current consultations are:

More information can be found on the consultations pages of our website. 
M4 closures

The M4 is due to be closed in both directions this weekend between junctions 4 (M25 interchange) and 5 (Langley), from 8pm today until 6am on Monday 14 June.

The M4 is also due to be closed in both directions next weekend between junctions 5 (Langley) and 6 (Slough), from 8pm on Friday 18 June to 6am on Monday the 21st.

Visit the Highways England website for more details on the M4 smart motorway scheme.
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