Blue belle! Queen is full of the joys of spring in floral frock as she greets crowds on next leg of Diamond Jubilee tour


Blue belle! Queen is full of the joys of spring in floral frock as she greets crowds on Diamond Jubilee tour today

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14:21 GMT, 29 March 2012

The Queen received a rapturous welcome from thousands of cheering residents who greeted the monarch as she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in London today.

Hundreds of Union flag-waving school children, parents and pensioners lined the route taken by the monarch and Duke of Edinburgh through the park and grounds of historic Redbridge house.

Keith Prince, Conservative leader of Redbridge Council, spoke with pride about the monarch's visit, saying it was a 'great privilege and honour' to have the sovereign in the North West London borough.

Warm welcome: Crowds cheered as the Queen arrived in Valentine's Park, Redbridge as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK this morning

Warm welcome: Crowds cheered as the Queen arrived in Valentine's Park, Redbridge as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK this morning

The Queen wore a powder blue coat over a pretty floral dress, topping off the springlike ensemble with a feather-trimmed hat

The Queen wore a powder blue coat over a pretty floral dress, topping off the springlike ensemble with a feather-trimmed hat

Full of the joys of spring: The Queen wore a powder blue coat over a pretty floral dress, topping off the bright and breezy ensemble with a feather-trimmed hat

He added: 'Redbridge is one of the most diverse boroughs in the country and I believe one of the greatest legacies the Queen will leave will be the Commonwealth – we've got as many members of the Commonwealth here as any other borough.'

On display for the royal couple in the 17th-century Valentine Mansion was a portrait by Lucian Freud of his mother, a striking image of a man shouting or screaming from 1952 by Francis Bacon, called Head of a Man, and a David Hockney piece titled A Walk Around the Hotel Courtyard, Acatlan.

Nice day for it: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh take a walk through Valentines park in Redbridge today

Nice day for it: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh take a walk through Valentines park in Redbridge today

In the grounds was a contemporary artwork by Damien Hirst – a Mini covered in coloured spots – and nearby was a marquee containing design classics like a Dyson cleaner and even a preserved plastic bag celebrating the Queen's 1977 Silver Jubilee.

When the royal couple first arrived in bright sunshine, a huge cheer went up and the Queen and Duke walked along a path to the historic home stopping briefly to meet some of the well-wishers.

Philip showed that despite his recent health problems he had lost none of his waspish humour when he joked with a disabled man about his mode of transport.

Cheers: The monarch was greeted by thousands of cheering residents of the borough, who waved flags in her honour

Cheers: The monarch was greeted by thousands of cheering residents of the borough, who waved flags in her honour

The royal strode up to David Miller, 60, and gesturing to the four-wheeled mobility scooter he was sitting on, asked him 'how many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing” The 60-year-old and those standing around him in the crowd, who had all been patiently waiting to see the Monarch, erupted in laughter.

The trustee, who has difficulties walking, due to a spinal problem, said after Philip had moved on: 'That is just typical from the Duke. He is renowned for his humour but no offence was taken, it was all in good humour. I told him no, your Royal Highness, I had not knocked anyone down.'

Patriotic: A young boy waves a Union flag to welcome the Queen on her tour celebrating 60 years on the throne

Patriotic: A young boy waves a Union flag to welcome the Queen on her tour celebrating 60 years on the throne

What no comb, Boris The Mayor of London donned a suit for the occasion - but seemingly forgot to brush his hair

What no comb, Boris The Mayor of London donned a suit for the occasion – but seemingly forgot to brush his hair