On a blustery May Day, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Dorset for a two-day tour of South West England.
Her Majesty had a wonderfully diverse programme planned for her, which included a Mad Hatter’s tea party, a 1952-themed coffee morning, a visit to Salisbury Cathedral and a Diamond Jubilee Country Fayre.
Arriving at Sherbourne Station by Royal Train, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh then travelled to Sherbourne Abbey where they were greeted by crowds of jubilant local residents – including some patriotic corgi dogs – before going on to attend a colourful ‘Mad Hatter’s tea party event.
After being presented with a bouquet of flowers by ‘Alice in Wonderland’ aka eight-year-old Leah McGarry, The Queen went on to attend a food fair and to meet with the ‘People’s Millions’ award winners. The Duke meanwhile visited Sherbourne Abbey.
The Royal party then attended a 1952-themed coffee morning at Digby Memorial Hall, where The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh met guests and staff from residential homes across Dorset. After they travelled by Salisbury by train and visited the Cathedral and a medieval exhibition.
On the second day of the South West tour The Queen attended a Diamond Jubilee Country Fayre in Yeovil, and flew to Exeter by helicopter for a ‘walkabout’ in the city centre followed by a tour of the University.
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Image: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she meets some patriotic corgis at Sherborne Abbey, while on a two-day visit to the South West of England, for the Diamond Jubilee Royal UK Tour. Picture date: Tuesday 1 May 2012. Photo credit: Arthur Edwards/PA Wire.