How does she do it Fifth day of Jubilee celebrations and the Queen is STILL going strongMonarch hosted Jubilee lunch for heads of Commonwealth states in central London todayQueen's car passed Tamil groups protesting against decision to welcome Sri Lankan President to eventAfter lunch Queen paid a visit to the Duke of Edinburgh's in hospital
16:55 GMT, 6 June 2012
The Jubilee weekend may be over, but the Queen showed no signs of slowing down as she attended a lunch with Commonwealth heads of state this afternoon.
Looking impossibly fresh faced and elegant in purple jacket and floral dress by Stuart Parvin, the monarch displayed yet again the strength, stoicism and enduring energy that has won back the nation's affection over the past year.
The Queen, whose car passed human rights protesters on her way to the lunch, attended the event alone, as the Duke of Edinburgh remained in hospital with a bladder infection.
Boundless energy: On the fifth day of Jubilee celebrations our heroic
Queen is greeted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General,
Kamalesh Sharma as she arrives for a Commonwealth Heads reception and
The Queen, who admitted in a public address made on Monday evening that she was 'humbled' by the enthusiasm with which
the nation marked her Jubilee, looked delighted to be continuing the
Immaculate: As ever, the Queen looked perfectly turned out in her floral Stuart Parvin dress and purple jacket
She was joined by more than 70
guests and leaders from across the association of nations, including Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha.
Yesterday the Prime Minister hailed the Queen 'a real inspiration', saying she had 'great resilience'.
He said the Jubilee weekend celebrations had revealed 'the best of Britain'.
'We’ve seen people coming together in
tremendous unity and spirit to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, but we’ve
also seen a great resilience; people wanting to celebrate, even though
the weather’s been pretty bad, and an extraordinary resilience on behalf
of her Majesty, who in spite of all the problems and difficulties has
kept going, and with such incredible spirit. She’s a real inspiration.'
Joie de vivre: The Queen has seemed to thoroughly enjoy the Jubilee celebrations from start to finish
The monarch and her luncheon guests arrived to angry scenes as hundreds of Tamil and human rights
campaigners gathered outside Marlborough House in central London in
opposition to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse’s presence at the
Their chants echoed around the forecourt as guests arrived.
Mr Rajapakse was jeered as he swept
through the main gate in a Range Rover. His car did not carry a flag
because of security concerns.
The Queen seemed relaxed as she was
handed a bouquet by nine-year-old Aduke Badale, the daughter
of a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat staff.
The Queen spent a brief moment with
Mr Rajapakse and appeared to fleetingly shake hands with him as she met
guests at a reception in the Blenheim Saloon inside Marlborough House.
Heads of state and representatives
from Australia, Canada and the African nations were welcomed by
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma.
Controversial: The Queen upset human rights protesters by greeting Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, and his wife Shiranthi Rajapaksa during a reception prior to the Diamond Jubilee Commonwealth lunch
Gift: The Queen is handed a bouquet by nine-year-old Aduke Badale, daughter of a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat staff, as she arrives at the lunch
Warm welcome: The Queen is greeted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma
Cordial greeting: The Queen meets New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at Buckingham Palace today
NO REST FOR THE ROYALS: CHARLES IS OUT AGAIN TOO!
As his mother hosted a lunch for 70 at Marlborough House in central London today, Prince Charles attended his own engagement – but his was a touch less formal.
Prince Charles left London early this morning to make a trip to the Ayrshire where he paid a visit to Scotsheep 2012, an agricultural show held at Dumfries House.
Wearing a cream jacket – a departure from the green Barbour jacket he usually favours – he moved between the stands, chatting to local farmers and posing for photographs.
The prince is a patron of Campaign For Wool, an organisation set up in support of the wool trade, which was exhibition at the event.
Country gent: Prince Charles swapped his formal attire for a natty cream jacket – a departure from his usual green Barbour jackets – as he attended Scotsheep 2012, an event for Scottish farmers held at Dumfries House
Worthy cause: Charles is a patron for the Campaign For Wool, an
organisation initiated by the Prince of Wales in 2008 to lend support to
the wool industry