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Queen greets cricketers at Lord's

The Queen has met England and Australia's cricketers before the start of the second Ashes test.

England captain Alastair Cook introduced the Queen to his players who hold a 1-0 lead going into the eagerly anticipated second test.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth meets England's players. Credit: REUTERS/Philip Brown
ritain's Queen Elizabeth meets members of the England cricket team before play on the first day of the second Ashes test Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Winning
Queen Elizabeth II walks through the Long Room inside the Pavilion at Lord's Cricket Ground Credit: PA Wire

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England cricketers greet Queen ahead of Ashes Test

England and Australia's cricketers were all smiles as they met the Queen before going head-to-head in another eagerly anticipated Ashes Test match in London.

The monarch walked out on to the famous pitch at Lord's cricket ground to meet the batsmen and bowlers who were lined up ahead of the day's play.

Queen Elizabeth II is introduced to the players on day One of the Second Investec Ashes Test. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II is introduced to the players on day One of the Second Investec Ashes Test. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Queen to visit Lords ahead of Ashes second test

The Queen will visit Lords cricket ground today ahead of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia.

The monarch will be presented to the players before play gets underway at 11.15am.

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Road chaos near Buckingham Palace 'could last two days'

Thousands of guests attending the start of the four-day Coronation Festival starting today had to contend with road closures near Buckingham Palace caused by a burst water main.

The closures affected parts of Buckingham Gate, Birdcage Walk and Buckingham Palace Road, with some buses having to be diverted.

Transport for London advised road users to avoid the Victoria area if possible and said the problem could last for two days.

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Queen's coronation festival celebrates best of British

The Queen will celebrate the 60th anniversary of her coronation at a festival showcasing leading British companies.

Organised by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, the event will feature more than 200 of the brands which have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Households of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh or the Prince of Wales.

The Queen will celebrate the 60th anniversary of her coronation at a festival showcasing leading British companies. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Over the next three evenings the gardens will also host a performance of music and dance highlighting cultural life during the Queen's six-decade reign.

Stars such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Katherine Jenkins, Katie Melua and the English National Ballet will perform.

The stage and seating area in the garden of Buckingham Palace. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Festival to mark coronation anniversary starts today

A festival at Buckingham Palace to mark the sixtieth Anniversary of the Queen's coronation starts today.

It's theme is 'The best of British'- including food, fashion and cars.

There's also a concert in the Palace gardens tonight,with artists including Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and The Feeling.

The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and other Members of the Royal Family will attend a preview of the festival today, before it opens to the public tomorrow.

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Royals gather on Buckingham Palace balcony

After the Trooping the Colour the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the Queen's official birthday.

The royals then gathered on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch the traditional RAF flypast.

Prince Harry talks to the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
Prince Harry talks to the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Thousands of spectators crowded around the front of the palace and on The Mall, many cheering as a succession of planes roared overhead.

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