Neigh-ce to meet you, Ma'am! Queen comes nose-to-nose with Harry Patch the horse on Diamond Jubilee tour
13:01 GMT, 2 May 2012
The Queen today continued her Diamond Jubilee tour with a visit to the South West of England, where she met a police horse named after the last British soldier to survive the trenches of the First World War.
Looking as chic as ever in a lilac wool suit and matching hat, the Queen was introduced to Harry Patch and fellow Avon and Somerset Police horse Jubilee during a visit to Nine Springs Country Park in Yeovil.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh presented the geldings with their official name badges.
Steedy on! A keen horsewoman herself, the Queen looked pleased to meet Harry Patch the police horse in Yeovil today
Purple patch: The Queen chose a tailored wool coat in lilac with a matching hat, and accessorised with her favourite three-string pearls and a diamond brooch
The royal couple were carrying
out a second day of visits in the South West of England as part of the
Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.
The police horse was named after Harry Patch – known as 'the last Tommy' – who died three years ago aged 111.
Mr Patch, from Wells in Somerset, fought in the Battle of Passchendaele at Ypres in 1917.
eight-year-old horse, a 17.3-hands Irish Draught, joined the force two
years ago and was allocated to PC Tracey Small in January.
seven-year-old Jubilee, a 17.3-hands Shire-cross, was recruited three
months ago and is undergoing training with handler PC Jonathan Green.
Several hundred people were at Nine Springs Country Park to welcome the Queen and Duke, who toured stalls at a Jubilee Country Fayre.
Before leaving, the Queen cut a fruit cake baked by food and hospitality students at Yeovil College to mark the royal visit.
Students had also made 500 cupcakes which were to be handed out to local schoolchildren at the fayre.
The Queen and Philip then travelled by car to Crewkerne Town Hall, where they viewed local produce and saw a display of local history.
Beaming: The Queen looked to be thoroughly enjoying her visit to the South West
Enthusiastic: The Queen was cheered by flag-waving crowds as she arrived at Nine Springs park in Yeovil
Happy day: Looking delighted with the turnout, the Queen beamed as she greeted children at a Jubilee Country Fayre held by Yeovil locals today
Tribute: The Queen met some royal pretenders as children at the local fayre donned crowns to meet the monarch
Gifts: Pretty posies were handed to the Queen as she chatted with the crowds
Jubilant! Girls from the Holy Trinity Yeovil Brownies Hamdon Division cheered the arrival of the Queen today
Flagged up: Six-year-old Yeovil resident Trina Gibbons gets into the Jubilee spirit as she waits for the Queen in Nine Springs Park
Devon digitaries: It's on to Exeter for the Queen and Prince Philip, where the monarch examines a ceremonial sword
Standing to attention! Exeter school children keep their inflatable corgis on a tight leash as they wait to catch a glimpse of the Queen
…and they are rewarded with a smile as the Queen comes to greet them with a few kind words