Queen visits South West

The Queen begins two days of visits to the South West of England today as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.

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Queen meets children at Mad Hatter's Tea Party

The Queen and Philip met primary schoolchildren at a Mad Hatter's Tea Party at Sherborne Abbey.

Leah McGarry, 8, who gave the Queen a bouquet of flowers dressed as Alice from Alice In Wonderland said: "I feel really excited that I was chosen to hand over the flowers to the Queen.

"I handed her the flowers and she said 'Is that for me?' and 'Thank you'".

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Crowds welcome Queen to South West

Queen in the South West of England

Hundreds of people braved the wet weather to welcome the Queen to the South West of England.

She and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived by Royal Train to begin a series of engagements in Dorset and Wiltshire as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.

Well-wishers patiently stood outside Sherborne Abbey to await the royal visitors. Schoolchildren waved flags and cheered loudly as the Queen and Philip drew up in a car following a short journey from Sherborne station.

On arrival at Sherborne Abbey, the Queen and Philip met primary schoolchildren at a Mad Hatter's Tea Party in a marquee on the lawn. The Queen was presented with a bouquet of flowers by eight-year-old Leah McGarry, who was dressed as Alice from Alice In Wonderland.

Dorset to celebrate 'historic' Queen visit

Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers, the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, will welcome the royal couple to the county.

She said:

Sherborne is their only stop in Dorset and I know people will want to give them a warm welcome and greet the royal party along their route.

The event is a day for Dorset to celebrate, and I am sure residents will want to be part of this historic occasion and make it a day to remember.

Queen's jubilee tour takes in South West

The Queen begins two days of visits to the South West of England today as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen will arrive in the region by royal train.

The Queen will tour a food fair in Dorset. Credit: Reuters

They will spend the first day with a series of engagements in Dorset and Wiltshire before travelling to Somerset and Devon on Wednesday.

The royal couple will begin in Sherborne, Dorset, where they will visit the Abbey and meet school children at a Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

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