Double date with royals

EIGHTEEN couples in Derbyshire celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary this year have the chance to go to a reception attended by HM the Queen during a visit to the region on June 13.

Those wishing to be considered should send a copy of their wedding certificate, and a covering letter, to: Diamond Jubilee, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Town Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NN.

If more than 18 couples apply then each district council will be asked to choose two couples each to ensure a fair distribution of invitations.

Any enquiries should be directed to Debra Heaton, Secretary to the Lieutenancy, on 01629 761126 or email: .

The closing date for applications is Friday, May 4.