Home, sweet home! Pretty in pink Queen looks cheerful as she walks around sunny Windsor on Diamond Jubilee tour
15:47 GMT, 30 April 2012
She is set to travel the nation on her Diamond Jubilee tour, already taking in parts of Liverpool and Wales, with plans to visit Somerset and Devon later this week. But for today, the Queen's attentions were focused much closer to home – on the town of Windsor.
The monarch was given a warm reception as around 1,000 people
welcomed her to the town as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of Britain.
Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen met delegates from
community groups in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead before
walking 200 metres to the Guildhall cheered on by fans and well-wishers.
The Queen looked in good spirits as she went on a walkabout in Windsor today as part of her Jubilee tour
Together with Prince Philip, the Queen left Windsor castle and walked down streets lined with well-wishers out to greet their royal neighbour
Wearing a plum-coloured hat, a pink coat and diamond brooch, the Queen met members of the crowd who lined the route.
They walked down Windsor High Street
to the Corn Exchange at the Guildhall, where they met with
representatives from local organisations of which the Queen is patron.
At the Guildhall, the Queen and
Philip were greeted by school children, members of the Diamond Jubilee
Tribute Committee, Windsor residents who are celebrating 60 years of
age, and couples celebrating a Diamond Wedding Anniversary in the
Queen's Jubilee year.
Paying tribute to the Queen and the Duke in the Guildhall, the borough's
mayor Asghar Majeed said: 'It is very heart-warming and pleasing to see
so many people cheering and happy people lining the streets today.
'All of them are pleased to see you, Ma'am, and to be present to express
their appreciation of you, and also of you, Sir, in achieving this
'People of all ages have genuine affection for you, Ma'am, an
appreciation which is coming to you from people all over the country
and, indeed, the world.'
Smiling in the sunshine, the Queen met representatives of local charities as well as residents of Windsor turning 60 this year and those celebrating 60 years of marriage
Mr Majeed then presented the Queen with a sterling silver pen.
Devon Mather, 12, of St George's School, Ascot, was one of a number of local children who met the Queen.
'She told us that she would be going on a long walk today and she asked whether we did any walking at school,' she said.
The Queen also met couples celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary this year.
'She asked when our anniversary was. I told her that my wife was also
called Elizabeth and was her namesake. She was absolutely charming,'
said David Bosford, who had travelled from Datchet with his wife.
The Duke displayed his mischievous sense of humour earlier in the day
when, speaking to a group of healthcare workers from Berkshire, he asked
what had happened to the patients.
'The Duke asked who was looking after all the patients today,' said Dr
Richard Russell, a doctor at King Edward VII Hospital, Windsor.
The Queen was handed flowers by local school children during her walk around the town, where over 1,000 well-wishers came out for the occasion
'He asked if we had tied knots in their tubes so we could be here!'
The Duke later joked with Australian visitors, asking what they were running away from.
'I told him that I had moved here to live from Australia,' said Jo Ward, an Australian who has settled in the UK.
'He asked me why I had done that. I told him that I had come for the
weather. He said: 'Yeah, right'. Then he asked what I was running away
Mrs Ward's mother, Heather Leary, visiting from Australia, had last seen the royal couple in a visit to Broken Hill in 1954.
'The Duke has a wonderful sense of humour,' she said.
Accompanied by local dignitaries, the
two wandered slowly through the streets of Windsor down the streets, no
doubt glad, given the recent weather, that the sun was out – at least
On Wednesday, the Queen and Prince
Philip will embark upon the next leg of their Diamond Jubilee tour,
which will see the two pay a visit to Avon and Somerset and Devon on
They will travel by train to Yeovil before visiting local towns and villages by car, ending their day in Exeter.
With the stunning backdrop of Windsor castle behind her, the Queen, accompanied by local dignitaries, enjoyed meeting residents of the Royal borough on her walkabout today
One is just pleased one isn't getting wet! Prince Philip looked cheerful as he joined the Queen on the tour of his hometown
The Queen looked delighted to have been given such a warm welcome in her hometown