The Queen and the Duke Of Edinburgh visit the Isle Of Wight, marking the end of the Jubilee
The Queen and the Duke Of Edinburgh arrived in Cowes on The Isle Of Wight yesterday, to mark the end of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee tour.
In true Jubilee style the royal couple sailed to the island by motor yacht Leander (not exactly a flotilla but still!) – and were received by thousands of well-wishers and a 21-gun salute.
It was a busy day for the Queen, with a schedule that included the unveiling of a plaque, opening a new RNLI lifeboat station and meeting schoolchildren from the local primary school.
10 year old Bethany Walpole-Davis who sang The Nation’s Crown, said: ‘I’m so happy. I have never done anything like that before.’
The Queen also met with Dame Ellen MacArthur who runs a Cancer Trust which helps young people after cancer by taking them sailing.
Dame Ellen said: ‘It’s fantastic that the Queen has come to the Isle of Wight, and I’m immensely proud to tell her about the Cancer Trust.’
After lunch, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh – 86 and 91 – were flown to Hampshire and the New Forest, putting them on the home straight after 83 public engagements across the UK.
During a recent visit to Nottingham, the Queen was joined by Kate Middleton – with whom she seemed to be hitting it off well.