Purple rain: Queen Elizabeth brightens up a damp day in a stylish violet coat and trendy fedora hat on a visit to the Jubilee Gardens
20:45 GMT, 25 October 2012
The rain couldn't dampen the Queen's spirits, or her wardrobe choices for today's visit to the rebuilt Jubilee Gardens in London.
Her majesty chose a bright purple coat with matching accessories including an on-trend fedora-style felt hat and a purple-trimmed umbrella.
The ceremony to mark the recent transformation of the Jubilee Gardens which was completed 35 years after they were first created in 1977 to celebrate the Queen's silver jubilee.
The Queen wore an on-trend felt hat as she opened the newly developed Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank
The open space on the South Bank, in the shadow of the London Eye, has undergone a 5 million transformation, with flowerbeds planted, new grass laid and granite paths completed.
Ted Inman, chairman of the Jubilee Gardens Trust, which manages the open space, said: 'Originally it was the Festival of Britain site, then a car park and was also the 1977 Jubilee Gardens.'
He described how it fell from use and ended up as a flat featureless space, but was now a fitting tribute to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
'It's now an open space worthy of where it is, it's so busy now and well-used.
'We opened at the end of May in time for the River Pageant and there were about 15,000 people here watching the procession.'
The Queen was on the South Bank to mark the recent transformation of the Jubilee Gardens which was completed 35 years after they were first created in 1977 to celebrate the Queen's silver jubilee
The open space on London's Southbank, in the shadow of the London Eye, has undergone a 5 million transformation with flowerbeds planted, new grass laid and granite paths completed
The monarch was delighted to be back at the gardens 35 years after she was there to open them for her silver jubilee
After visiting the gardens the
Queen was given a tour of the Britih Film Institute (BFI) Southbank and
learned about a new computer archive system for visitors to look up
films and newsreels.
was also shown documents from the institution's extensive library –
including scripts and set designs from A Matter Of Life And Death, the
classic movie by Powell and Pressburger.
there was a trip down memory lane for the royal as she was shown home
movies showing her as a young mother and the Prince of Wales as a baby
being played with by his grandparents, George VI and Queen Elizabeth,
and footage of him as a small boy learning to ride.
the colour film shot in 1949 by Charles's proud father, the Duke of
Edinburgh, the royal baby is held by Queen Elizabeth and in another
scene the King gently flicks his right ear to get his attention.
Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, is also seen in the footage before a
clip from 1952 was played showing young Charles learning to ride on a
white pony with the Princess Royal as a toddler walking into shot.
Queen Elizabeth II met school children in a playground close to the gardens
Three-year-old Bethany Wiles, pictured here with her mother Rae Wiles was shy after presenting the Queen with a bunch of pale pink roses
But as the Queen turned away a braver Bethany admired the royal's style
BFI chairman Greg Dyke hosted the Queen's visit and, speaking about the royal home movies, said: 'It was moving, it was no different from looking at pictures of your own kids.
'We've got the whole collection – we look after it for the Royal Family – some of which has never been seen, they are very personal films.
'A lot of it was shot by the Duke of Edinburgh with a movie camera in the early '50s and in the next year or so we will be digitising it.
'I think she was very interested to see this film of her children, of her life as a young mother. I think she seemed to enjoy it.'
The BFI will be working with the BBC to digitise the footage it has looked after for the Royal Collection since the late 1960s. It includes newsreels and private family films which date back more than 90 years to the 1920s.
The Queen met local children at the BFI and grimaced when she recalled the rain during the silver jubilee
Longstanding BFI supporter Jonathan Ross introduced the royal clips, including the first film to feature a British monarch – Queen Victoria in a carriage at Balmoral with Tsar Alexander II also in the shot from 1896.
A montage of scenes from well-known British films was also played for the Queen, from Peter O'Toole in David Lean's Lawrence Of Arabia to Barbara Windsor's bra flying off in Carry On Camping.
Ross met the Queen briefly during her visit and said afterwards that he had mentioned her home movie: 'I asked her did she remember it being filmed and she said “No, not at all,”
'I doubt it wasn't important to her, she's spent her whole life being filmed. I think she rarely goes out without seeing a camera.'
When the Queen met a group of children making a stop animation film about her Diamond Jubilee year, she was reminded of how her June River Pageant was deluged with rain.
As she watched 10-year-old Tabby Kent add raindrops to a scene of cut-out boats on the River Thames, the Queen, who travelled on the Royal Barge with members of her family, said: 'We didn't notice the raindrops – it was just wet.'
Following the visit the Queen was shown to her car by a uniformed guard and then pulled a blanket over her legs to warm up after an afternoon spent in the rain
A BESPOKE BROLLY KEEPS THE RAIN OFF HER MAJESTY
The Queen's Fulton umbrellas are dyed to match her outfit exactly
The Queen loves to match her accessories to her outfit and today's purple Fulton umbrella is one that she had dyed especially.
Regular 'Birdcage' umbrellas are available in a selection of colours on the high street for just 16 but to make sure that she has the exact shade the Queen's stylist sends swatches of her planned outfits to brolly brand Fulton six months in advance.
Originally invented in the 1960s by Fulton’s founder, Arnold Fulton, and now upheld by his son and Fulton Chief Executive, Nigel, the signature Birdcage umbrella features an advanced, strengthened fibreglass frame with a unique opening mechanism.
The brand was a favourite of the Queen Mother, from whom Fulton was awarded its Royal Warrant, and is now seen on the arms of The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as the Queen.