THE Chronicle today launches a campaign to bring Queen Elizabeth II to Chelmsford and give England's newest city the party it deserves.
The Queen chose Chelmsford over hundreds of towns across England to become her official Diamond Jubilee city and took time out of her celebrations last week to sign the official documents.
But we have not been guaranteed a royal visit, so dozens of schoolchildren this week put pen to paper begging the Queen to honour us with a right royal celebration.
"I am proud that she has given us this honour but we would love to take her on a tour of Chelmsford to show her the lovely sights," said ten-year-old Mary-Ann Hadley, a Westlands Community Primary School pupil who wrote to the Queen.
Classmate Matthew Meadows added: "I am a huge royal fan and it would be unbelievable if the Queen came to Chelmsford. We would make every second of her visit count."
Council leader Roy Whitehead also backed our bid. "We are proud to be the only place in England that has been recognised and we would like the Queen to visit the city she has chosen for this honour," he said.