We're celebrating 60 years too! Smiling Queen greets couples who married in Coronation year on Diamond Jubilee tour
14:51 GMT, 15 May 2012
The Queen continued her Diamond Jubilee tour today with a series of visits across the capital – and looked jubilant as the rain miraculously held off for the occasion.
Wearing a pale blue wool dress and boucle coat by Stewart Parvin, with a matching hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan which she had trimmed with a jaunty bow, the Queen was in high spirits.
Joined by the Duke of Edinburgh on the day's tour, the royal two planned a series of visits that celebrated London's fashion, wildlife and high achievers with visits to the boroughs of Bromley, Merton and Richmond.
The royal two began their tour at the Queen's Gardens in Bromley where 6,000 flag-waving schoolchildren lined the streets. They were shown around a London as a Global Centre of Fashion display, an exhibition about the history of fashion, where she met designers based in the capital.
Jubilant! The Queen meets her enthusiastic public after her visit to Glades Shopping Centre in Bromley today
High spirits: The Queen looked to be enjoying her visit to the South London shopping area today
The Queen also and met schoolchildren
who had designed an outfit for her. Fiona Kurti, 11, from Burnt Ash
primary school, designed the winning ensemble which was sewn by a
The outfit comprised a pale blue coat
with diamond decorations and a matching hat adorned with a feather and
three smaller diamond shapes.
Fiona said: 'It is the Diamond
Jubilee so I wanted something with diamonds. The Queen wears long coats
so I wanted to do something like that.
'I would feel really proud of myself
if she wore it because I made it. It took me quite a few days to design
it because I wanted to make it perfect. I worked on it in playtime and
finished it at home.'
Her mother Aida Kurti said: 'I'm so proud she won, I never expected it but I'm so glad. It's such an honour to meet the Queen.'
At a tea party held for the royals in the south-east London borough, the Queen met couples celebrating their 60th wedding
anniversary in the same year as her Diamond Jubilee.
Celebrations: Thousands of children lined the pavements, waving flags to greet the monarch
We're celebrating too! At the Bromley tea party,
the Queen met Cyril and Evelyn Sergeant, both 86, who celebrate their
60th wedding anniversary during the Jubilee
Cyril and Evelyn Sergeant, both 86,
got married on February 23 1952 and said meeting the Queen made their
diamond anniversary even more special.
Mrs Sergeant, from Orpington, said she remembered travelling to London for the Coronation as a newly-wed.
'I remember it was pouring with rain and I had a red coat on. When I got home the rain had left red marks on my clothes.
'Now it's 60 years later. We have got good humour, that's the key. We are always joking and that makes the difference.'
Kenneth and Averil Holdaway, both 85, from Bromley, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in August.
Mrs Holdaway sat next to the Queen at
the tea party and said: 'It all went too quickly but it was an
experience I will remember forever.'
Alan Butler, 85, has been married to his wife Alma, 82, since March 1 1952.
'It was a very exciting year. We
didn't have a television so we had to go to our parents' house to watch
the Coronation because they had a 9in one. We thought it was
The royal visitors later moved on to
Mitcham to attend a British picnic-themed reception at St Mark's Church
of England Academy, where groups of achievers from 13 south London
boroughs had gathered.
This afternoon saw the Queen and Duke
joined by Princess Alexandra for a visit to the Wild London festival in
Richmond Park, an event celebrating the capital's woodlands, parks and
The royals enjoyed afternoon tea in
Richmond's Holly Lodge Gardens where they unveiled a plaque for a new
holly tree and met young riders from Riding for the Disabled.
Out in force: The Queen was introduced to Bromley residents by the local Mayor
Royal approval: The Queen met London-based fashion designers in the borough today, part of the London as a Global Centre of Fashion initiative