Ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend, a great-grandmother from Cardiff has got into the celebratory spirit by making the Queen and Prince Philip out of wool.

It took 86-year-old Norah Howarth three weeks to knit the eight-inch high royal couple sitting in a two-foot long horse-drawn carriage.

Norah - who turns 87 during the Jubilee celebrations next week - used different coloured wools to painstakingly create the royal couple.

I've been a fan of the royals all my life and thought I would use my knitting skills as my own little celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The Queen is dressed in a white gown and a purple robe with a golden crown, while the Duke of Edinburgh is rigged out in his Naval uniform.

Excited neighbours have been calling in at Norah's Birchgrove home to view the royal couple.

An avid knitter all her life, she also turned to her needles last year to knit William and Kate in celebration of their marriage.

But Norah, who has 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, isn't planning a party for her own birthday next Wednesday.

She said: "I don't mind that the Queen has stolen my thunder this year - I'll have an extra special birthday next year."