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Queen helps celebrate 100 years of the Women's Institute

The Queen today joined thousands of women from across the UK to help ring in 100 years of the Women's Institute.

The Queen spoke to 5,000 WI members Credit: ITV News

Around 5,000 members of the organisation attended this year's annual meeting at the Royal Albert Hall, including Her Majesty - who has been an official member herself for some 72 years.

Not everything went to plan, however - with a particularly thick fruitcake proving troublesome for the royal party.

Princess Anne eventually had to swoop in to help.

ITV News correspondent Nina Nannar reports:

It has been a century since the WI was founded in the Anglesey village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll on the principles of 'jam and Jerusalem' in a bid to get more women involved in the war effort, and it has become a formidable force in political activism and charitable fundraising ever since.

Joined by the Princess Royal, Anne, and the Countess of Wessex, Sophie, the Queen spoke to the throng in praise of the work the WI has done over the years - and the role it continues to play now.

In the century since the first WI groups were formed... so much has changed for women in our society.

There has been significant economic and social change since 1915. Women have been granted the vote, British women have climbed Everest for the first time and the country has elected its first female prime minister.

The Women's Institute has been a constant throughout, gathering women together, encouraging them to acquire new skills and nurturing unique talents.

Over the past 100 years, the WI has continued to grow and evolve with its members to stay relevant and forward-thinking.

In 2015 it continues to demonstrate that it can make a real difference to the lives of women of all ages and cultural backgrounds, in a spirit of friendship, cooperation and support.

– The Queen