THE Queen and the Duchess of Sussex may need a last minute rethink on their hat choices for tomorrow's visit to Widnes. 

Her Majesty is heading to the town tomorrow, Thursday, to officially open the Mersey Gateway bridge and unveil a plaque to mark the opening of the bridge.

But the latest forecast is for a 'very windy day for June'. 

Strong gusts of almost 50mph have been predicted in the area during the morning as Storm Hector sweeps over Ireland and the north of the UK.

The royal party will arrive at Runcorn railway station in the morning and travel by car to the Mersey Gateway bridge.

The Queen and the Duchess will be introduced to architects, planners and community representatives and view the bridge from the Catalyst Museum on Mersey Road in West Bank.

They will then watch a performance by schoolchildren called Bringing Communities Together: Halton's River Crossings Over The Ages.

The royal visitors will leave for Chester to visit Storyhouse, a library, theatre and cinema before having lunch at Chester Town Hall.

Exact times of the visit have not been announced due to security reasons.