The region's newest city is to get a Royal visit next month. The Queen will be come to Chelmsford on Tuesday, May 6.
It will be the first time the Queen has been to Chelmsford since it became a city.
Buckingham Palace have yet to confirm details of her trip, but it is expected Her Majesty will visit Chelmsford Cathedral as part of it's centenary celebrations. Prince Philip will also be part of the Royal party.
The University of Bedfordshire is due to be honoured by the Queen later today.
The institution, which has campuses in Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes, is to receive the Queen's anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education at Buckingham Palace.
The award will be presented to Vice Chancellor Bill Rammell. The award is for the University's research into helping shape child protection policy.
The Queen delighted crowds in Norfolk today, when she opened Thornham Village Hall. The villagers had asked more in hope than expectation if Her Majesty would perform the ceremony.
To their delight she said yes.
Click above to see Malcolm Robertson's report on Thornham's big day
Now when a group of villagers at Thornham in Norfolk decided they needed a VIP to open their new hall they got their heads together to think of someone suitable.
Working on the principal that 'you don't win the raffle if you don't buy a ticket' they wrote to the Queen to see if she would agree to do it.
To their delight Her Majesty said yes and hundreds of people were on hand as she performed the opening ceremony today.
The Queen pays her annual visit to the Women's Institute this afternoon. Every year during her Christmas holiday at Sandringham she meets members of the nearby West Newton branch of the WI.
As well as Her Majesty, the event always has a surprise guest speaker who's identity is never revealed until just before the meeting starts.
The Queen was greeted at King's Lynn train station today as she made her way to the Sandringham Estate for Christmas.Read the full story ›
The Queen is in Norfolk to start her annual Christmas holiday at the Sandringham estate.
Her majesty arrived at King's Lynn's newly-refurbished station just after noon and was then taken to nearby Sandringham in a black Range Rover.
The Queen and Prince Phillip are due to be in Cambridge today.
They'll tour the new Medical Research Council labs on the biomedical campus before visiting the Rosie Maternity Unit which is on the same site as Addenrooke's Hospital.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are to visit Cambridge later this month. They will arrive on Thursday May 23 and travel by the Cambridgeshire guided bus way to the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology.
A spokesperson said: “The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will tour the state-of-the art building visiting laboratories along the route. They will proceed to the main atrium and will unveil a plaque to mark their visit. The Royal party will then take lunch as guests of the laboratory.”
“In the afternoon The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will proceed by car to the Rosie Maternity Hospital. Her Majesty will visit the Birthing Centre, meeting staff and new mothers.
“The Duke of Edinburgh will visit the neonatal unit meeting staff and families and viewing medical equipment.
The Queen will mark the 61st anniversary of her accession to the throne privately at Sandringham on Wednesday. She became monarch on the death of her father King George VI. He died on February 6 1952 at the royal estate in Norfolk after suffering from lung cancer.
The Queen was thousands of miles away at the time in Kenya, watching big game in the Treetops Hotel with the Duke of Edinburgh, unaware of the momentous duty that had fallen upon her shoulders. Philip broke the sad news to his wife and the royal couple returned to Britain.
Most years the Queen does not attend public engagements on the day of her accession and on Wednesday she will reflect on the anniversary of her father's death in private.
This year will see the monarch mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation which was held on June 2, 1953.