The Queen has officially opened a new school in Essex today, touring the £250 million site, which staff and students moved into last month.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams spoke of the Queen's lifelong dedication to her people, her country and the commonwealth.
The Queen has a packed schedule on the final - and climactic - day of the Diamond Jubilee weekend.
The Queen was given a bird's eye view of London today as she visited the Shard. Her journey to the top of the capital's largest building was to visit a scheme that helps gifted students from less affluent backgrounds get to university. Sangeeta Kandola reports.
The Queen has been given a bird's eye view of London at the top of The Shard. Standing 1,016 ft high both the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were given a spectacular view of the skyline.
The Royal couple were taken to levels 69 and 72 of the landmark building in London Bridge for a tour and to take in the view.
The tour was part of a visit to a scheme which helps to pay for some of the poorest students go to university. The Southwark Scholarship Scheme removes the financial burden of going to university for high achievers who would otherwise have struggled to be able to afford it.
During her visit to the Ebony Horse Club, the Queen met our Senior Correspondent Ronke Phillips who is patron of the charity. She's seen first hand some of it's work and how it's changed the lives of some of London's children, including three of girls who took part in today's event.
The Duchess of Cornwall has given the Queen a tour of an inner city riding club which she has been supporting as President. The Ebony Horse Club in Brixton was created in 1996 to give disadvantaged children and teenagers access to horses and riding.
The National Theatre on London's Southbank has been delighting audiences and critics with the best of British talent for decades.
Over the last 50 years stars like Dame Judi Dench and Sir Michael Gambon have helped bring more than 800 productions to the stage. And today to celebrate its golden birthday, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the theatre for a backstage tour. Sangeeta Kandola reports.
A man was arrested today after trying to enter Buckingham Palace while in possession of a knife, Scotland Yard said.
The 44 year old was held at around 11.30am when he attempted to get through the north centre gate and was stopped by police. Officers searched him and he was found to have a knife.
He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon and is in custody.
Buckingham Palace said that the Queen was not in the building when the man tried to get in, but would make no further comment.
Royal Ascot punters were counting their losses after many failed to guess the colour of the Queen's hat. The monarch wore a lilac hat as she processed along the famous course in a carriage with the Duke of York and her grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn.
Trying to pick the hue of the monarch's headgear is a tradition at the famous Berkshire meet where fashion is just as important as the spectacle of horse racing. Earlier in the day the colour blue was the hot favourite with many bookmakers closely followed by yellow.
But William Hill and Coral stopped taking bets after suspicions were raised by a number of large punts on the colours grey and silver. The Queen's lilac outfit was by Angela Kelly, and consisted of a silk print dress with a floral design, double breasted coat and a matching hat.
The Queen and members of the Royal family have arrived at Ascot on Ladies' Day head of the Gold Cup race. It's due to take place at 3.45 pm.
Celebrities and racegoers have turned out for Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot, and this year they're dressed to impress.