The Trust was delighted to receive The Mayor, Mayoress and Chief Executive of The Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on 15th July 2015 to Windsor.
The team came to explore The Queen's Walkway, which is being installed in time for 9th September, when The Queen become's Britain's longest reigning monarch.
The visit included a private tour of The Castle hosted by The Governor and Constable Admiral Sir James Perowne; a tour around the Royal Mews with The Queen's Groom Terry Pendry; and a tour on the Walkway itself picking up many of the town's other highlights by the Trust's Chairman Hugo Vickers.
Just before the Changing of the Guard The Mayor received a special gift from The Governor and Constable together with The Mayor of The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Eillen Quick. The bronze marker, which has the same EIIR Royal cypher as The Queen's Walkway discs, was presented to ensure The Mayor can complete a similar Walkway with The Outdoor Trust in the Gold Coast in advance of hosting The next Commonwealth Games in 2018.
The Mayor, Tom Tate, said "A Walkway gives any City in The Commonwealth a great reason to get out there and enjoy a healthy outdoor lifestyle - I will take this marker back and look forward to exploring who will have the honour of its unveiling".
The Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle said " I am delighted that the City of the Gold Coast has totally embraced the concept of a Commonwealth Walkway and im delighted to be able to be able to show him around our own Walkway as well as hand him this symbolic final marker".
A particular highlight of the day included a visit to The Duchess of Cambridge pub on the High Street where The Mayor pulled his own pint of 'Duchess'. The Trust has been working with the landlord so that those passing are able to pop in and stay a bit longer to sample more of what Windsor has to offer.
Mayor Tom Tate pulls a pint of Duchess at The Duchess of Cambridge on The Queen's Walkway in Windsor.
Duchess of Cambridge Pub Manager said "'We are very impressed with the objectives of the Queen's Walkway initiative and the potential it offers to encourage visitors to experience other aspects of Windsor in addition to the usual, more traditional, tourist attractions. My team at The Duchess of Cambridge pub on Thames Street, famous for its excellent McMullen Ales, home made food and warm welcome, are therefore delighted to host the Outdoor Trust and their guests from the Gold Coast in Queensland on the 15th July".
The Governor of Windsor Castle, Admiral Sir James Perowne, with The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Eileen Quick, The Outdoor Trust Chairman, Hugo Vickers DL and Mayor of The Gold Coast Tom Tate outside Windsor Castle on The Queen's Walkway.
The visiting Mayor from the City of the Gold Coast tries out The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's chair at Windsor Guildhall, point 4 on The Queen's Walkway.