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Prince Charles and Camilla begin Jubilee overseas tour

A drummer performs for Prince Charles and Camilla in London before the trip. Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to begin a Diamond Jubilee tour in honour of the Queen in Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand in a two-week trip.

Charles and Camilla's celebration of her 60-year reign will include a traditional Aussie barbecue with outback sheep farmers and time with race goers at the Melbourne Cup.

They will also be given a sneak preview of the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by director Peter Jackson.

The Queen greets guests at Jubilee celebration party

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have greeted guests during a reception for organisers and supporters of the celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee at Buckingham Palace.

Gary Barlow, who organised the Jubilee Concert, was welcomed by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Her Majesty also met chef Heston Blumenthal and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
The event also brought the former culture secretary face to face with new BBC chief George Entwistle. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

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Diamond Jubilee and poor weather dampened GDP figures

The GDP figures released today suggest that the extra bank holiday for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the washout start to the summer did not have as much of an effect as previously feared.

Economists believe the extra bank holiday may have knocked as much as 0.5% off GDP, but the ONS said it was too early to measure the effect.

There are fears that the economy will struggle to pull out of its double-dip recession in the current quarter as the eurozone debt crisis slows global growth.

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Queen to end Diamond Jubilee tour in the Isle of Wight

Members of the public have started gathering in the Isle of Wight to watch the The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh end their regional Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.

The Queen meets crowds during her Diamond Jubilee tour

The royal party will arrive in Cowes aboard the ship Leander through a parade of sail featuring a series of superyachts before being greeted with a 21-gun salute.

People gather to see the Queen in the Isle of Wight Credit: Cordelia Kretzschma / Twitter
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