Nice hat, Ma'am! Queen recycles another favourite outfit as she dons bright pink headgear for Mad Hatters tea party
17:07 GMT, 1 May 2012
The Queen entered into the Jubilee spirit with gusto this morning as she donned a bright pink hat to attend a Mad Hatters tea party at Sherborne Abbey.
The headgear, made for the Queen some time ago by her in-house couturier Angela Kelly, was the perfect choice for the occasion, which saw hundreds of well-wishers line the streets wearing their own version of the Mad Hatter's famous accessory.
The Queen paired her impressive hat with a matching cerise cashmere coat, also by Angela Kelly, for her trip to the South West of England today.
I like your hat, Ma'am! The Queen attended a Mad Hatters tea party at Sherborne Abbey today, and was greeted by hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers dressed in their own mad hats
Elizabeth in Wonderland: The Queen met Alice and the Mad Hatter as she attended a 'Mad Hatters tea party' at Sherbourne Abbey
It was the second outing for the outfit
in recent times. Ever aware of the public purse, the Queen also chose
the jolly coat and hat for the first day of her Jubilee tour back in
March, when she was accompanied to Leicester by the Duchess of Cambridge
– and even accessorised with the same diamond brooch and trusty black
bag and shoes.
Such thriftiness comes naturally to the Queen. Indeed, yesterday's pink coat was revealed to have been a firm favourite, with the monarch having worn it on at least half a dozen previous public engagements.
Today, hundreds of people braved the wet weather to welcome the Queen as she and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived by Royal Train to begin a series of engagements in Dorset and Wiltshire as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.
Following the wettest April on record, the rain continued into May as well-wishers patiently stood outside Sherborne Abbey to await the royal visitors.
However, minutes before they arrived, the showers eased off and the umbrellas disappeared among the crowd of several hundred people.
Schoolchildren waved flags and cheered loudly as the Queen and Philip drew up in a car following a short journey from Sherborne station.
The Queen looked delighted to see a local Sherborne resident with corgis – dressed in red, white and blue Jubilee collars
… and she can't resist bending down to pet the head of one of the dogs
Hundreds of local children wore their own Mad Hatter bonnets, and joined in the Jubilee spirit with enthusastic flag waving and cheers
After the tea party, the Queen was shown around food fair in Sherborne, where local residents had made tea treats especially for the monarch
On arrival at Sherborne Abbey, the
Queen and Philip met primary schoolchildren at a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
in a marquee on the lawn.
The Queen was presented with a bouquet of flowers by eight-year-old Leah McGarry.
who was dressed as Alice from Alice In Wonderland, said afterwards: 'I
feel really excited that I was chosen to hand over the flowers to the
Leah, who attends Abbey Primary School in Sherborne, had only just found out she had been chosen to carry out the honour.
'I handed her the flowers and she said “Is that for me” and “Thank you”,' Leah said.
The Queen was accompanied by Prince Philip on today's trip, and the two managed to keep smiling despite the gloomy weather
A recent Vogue survey revealed the Queen wears
pink at 10 per cent of her public engagements – and the colour suits her
complexion well. Right, Angela Kelly covers hat pins in an identical
fabric to keep the piece in place
The Queen then toured a food fair and met People’s Millions award-winners, while the Duke went inside Sherborne Abbey and viewed an exhibition of local artisans.
The royal couple then made the short journey by car to the nearby Digby Memorial Hall where they attended a 1952 themed coffee morning with guests and staff from residential homes across Dorset.
As they arrived, they both waved to the crowds waiting outside and the Queen was handed two bunches of flowers by well-wishers.
After meeting people enjoying the party, they went outside and spoke to members of the public.
They then returned to the station by car to travel to Salisbury on the Royal Train.
MARCH: The Queen wore the Angela Kelly design on the first day of her Diamond Jubilee tour back in March, when she was accompanied by the Duchess of Cambridge on a trip to Leicester
Inside the cathedral the Queen and Philip and spoke to children working on a Magna Carta project and met stonemasons at work.
They admired the contemporary font, which takes pride of place in the centre of the main nave.
The sculpture, unveiled in September 2008, was designed by William Pye – one of the UK's leading water sculptors.
Upon leaving the cathedral, the royal couple sat outside to watch a performance by the band of the Prince of Wales's Division before the Queen unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.
The inscription on the stone tablet, which will be placed in the cathedral, read: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited Wiltshire and the cathedral on 1 May 2012 in the year of her diamond jubilee.”
As the Queen and Duke walked to the royal car they chatted to the crowds who had lined Cathedral Close.
Before the royal party arrived, members of the Salisbury Plain Military Wives Choir – inspired to form by Gareth Malone and his hit TV show – wowed the crowds.
They sang Great Day, Lean on Me and Sunshine.
They finished off by singing Wherever You Are, the number one hit by the Military Wives Choir and Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend – a gentle reminder to their servicemen husbands.
On Wednesday the royal party will visit Yeovil and Crewkerne in Somerset and Exeter in Devon on the final day of the south-west of England leg of their Diamond Jubilee tour.