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The Queen, The Diamond Jubilee and the Midlands: A look back at the Royal visits

The Queen visited the Midlands today for the last time on her Diamond Jubilee Tour.

It started on the 8th March, when Kate Middleton made her first official visit to Leicester, as the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Queen was also accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Arriving at Leicester train station, the crowds greeted them, waving flags and cheering.

The Royal Party arrive at Leicester station Credit: PA

After this, their first destination was De Montfort University, with a stop on the way in De Montfort Square to watch cultural dances.

At the university The Queen and Kate watched a student fashion parade, where the Duchess herself was presented with a tailor-made design for a pair of shoes by each of the students.

Fashion icon Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and The Queen in Leicester Credit: PA

Onto Leicester Cathedral and the Royal Party attended a service of Christian worship, with participation from other faiths in the city, amongst them school children from Church Hill Junior School in Thurmaston.

School children from Church Hill Junior School in Thurmaston, who sang in front of The Queen Credit: ITV Central

Following their visit to the Cathedral, they visited Leicester City Centre, to greet the people of Leicester.

As day one of the Diamond Jubilee Tour finished, so did the first of three days for The Queen in the Midlands.

Kate waves goodbye to the people of Leicester Credit: PA

On 13th July The Queen returned to the Midlands, this time with William and Kate, the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Duke of Edinburgh was sadly missing, recovering from a bladder infection.

Arriving again by train at Nottingham station, The Queen was greeted by hundreds of well wishers - some of whom had been waiting since 5am.

The Queen arrives in Nottingham Credit: ITV Central

From Nottingham station, the Royal Party headed to Market Square, making their way to the balcony of the Council House, where 20,000 people watched on as the National Anthem played.

The Royal Wave from the balcony of Nottingham Council House Credit: PA

From there, it was onto Vernon Park, where Prince William made an official Jubilee tribute.

The park is one of 1,300 recreational spaces which has been given Queen Elizabeth II Fields In Trust status.

It will now have a permanent legacy marking the Jubilee.

Prince William took part in sports day activities at Vernon Park Credit: PA

The Queen unveiled a plaque and the Duke and Duchess took part in sports day activities, leaving The Queen to continue her tour onto Stamford, visiting Burghley House.

There she attended a special Diamond Jubilee picnic, with 10,000 specially invited guests.

Guests at Burghley House, Stamford where a special Diamond Jubilee picnic was held Credit: ITV Central

The day ended with a visit to Corby in Northamptonshire where The Queen watched a performance at the Cube Theatre.

July 11th and The Queen has returned to the Midlands - this time visiting the West of our region.

The Queen on day one of a two day stop in the West Midlands Credit: PA

Starting her day, once again by train - only this time a steam train, pulled by a locomotive - aptly named the Princess Elizabeth.

The engine had taken part in last month's pageant on the River Thames to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The Princess Elizabeth locomotive pulling into Hereford station Credit: ITV Central

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh then headed to Hereford Cathedral, where The Queen signed the visitors book.

Unveiling a plaque, The Queen viewed the Cathedral master plans and met people involved with the project.

From there the Royal couple went to the King George V Playing Fields, viewing a parade as part of the Herefordshire "Diamond Day" event.

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Lady Darnley, Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire Credit: PA

From there it was onto Worcester, where The Queen officially opened The Hive, a multi-million pound development that increases learning resources available to University of Worcester students.

The Queen officially opens The Hive in Worcester Credit: ITV Central

After this a spot of lunch at the Worcester Guidhall, which The Queen has previously visited in four times before, with specially invited guests.

Before taking a walkabout amongst the cheering crowds.

The Queen meets the crowds of Worcester Credit: PA

The final stop of the day, Worcester Cathedral, where the Royal couple will viewed a performance to celebrate the area.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Worcester Cathedral Credit: PA

The Queen unveiled a plaque at the Cathedral, which was founded in 680.

She had previously visited the Cathedral in 1980 to hand out Maundy Money.

July 12th, the final day of The Queen's Midlands Diamond Jubilee visits and as always, The Queen arrived by train, at Birmingham's Snow Hill station.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arriving in Birmingham Credit: ITV Central

The next stop was Victoria Square where crowds gathered to get a glimpse of her and the Duke.

Hundreds of people greeted the Royal couple in the first bit of sunshine in, what seemed like, a while.

The Queen in Victoria Square, Birmingham Credit: PA

The Queen then officially opened the New Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where around 300 patients and staff turned out to see her.

The Queen officially opening the New Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham Credit: ITV Central

Although it has been opened to patients since 2010, today marks the hospital's official opening.

The old Queen Elizabeth Hospital was opened by The Queen's mother.

The final stop of the day, and of the Midlands leg of the Diamond Jubilee Tour, The Queen attended a Diamond Jubilee parade at RAF Cosford in Shropshire.

The Queen arriving at RAF Cosford Credit: ITV Central

5,000 school children entertained the Monarch with their parade called 'Reignbow' - which had a different coloured themed that represented each decade The Queen had spent on the throne.

Although this was the last time The Queen will visit the Midlands on her Diamond Jubilee Tour, it is unlikely that it will be the last time the Midlands will see The Queen.

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