The spirit of the Olympics has come to Windsor Castle as the Queen welcomed torchbearers to her home.

Local residents ran through the grounds of the royal residence with the flaming symbol of the London Games as excitement over the global event mounted.

In 17 days the Queen will declare the Games open during a spectacular ceremony at the Olympic Park in London.

In the castle's quadrangle the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh watched as torchbearer Gina MacGregor, 74, ran into the open space after earlier receiving the flame from Renate Beynon, 66.

Mrs MacGregor, from Taplow, arrived soaking wet and met the Queen who was wearing a rain cape and wielding with an umbrella with Philip by her side.

Laughing, Mrs Macgregor told the royal couple "I looked fine this morning", and they both began chuckling.

Click on the video below to see them meet.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh later witnessed the Olympic Torches 'kiss' as Gina MacGregor handed over the flame to 12-year-old Phillip Wells. The crowd cheered and clapped as he got ready for his leg of the relay.