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.

Our reporter, Duncan Slightholme (seen in reflection) gets close the Queen Credit: ITV West Country
People wave flags as the Queen arrives Credit: ITV West Country
People queue to see the Queen Credit: ITV West Country
Hundreds of people gather in Sherborne Credit: ITV West Country
Girls dressed as Alice from Alice In Wonderland presented the Queen with flowers Credit: ITV West Country
Slightly wet: The heavens may have opened but the flags are still waving Credit: ITV West Country
Police stand guard as people await the Queen's arrival Credit: ITV West Country
Even the pets dress-up to greet Her Majesty Credit: ITV West Country