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A riot of dance and music for kaleidoscope Queen

29 MARCH 2012

She was described in Parliament as "a kaleidoscope Queen of a kaleidoscope country".

This was certainly in evidence when the monarch visited some of the most diverse boroughs of London on Thursday as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Elizabeth was welcomed to Redbridge, one of three London boroughs on her agenda, by almost 10,000 wellwishers waving Union flags and council staff wearing Corgi jumpers.




 

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The royal, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, began by taking in some art in Valentines Park.

They visited the London Pride exhibition, which features works by celebrated British artists Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and David Hockney.

While there, Prince Philip showed his recent healh problems haven't affected his sense of humour.

The 90-year-old asked a man on a mobility scooter: "How many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing?"

David Miller, 60, a trustee of the Valentine Mansion said: "That is just typical from the Duke. He is renowned for his humour but no offence was taken, it was all in good humour.

 

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"I told him no, your Royal Highness, I had not knocked anyone down."

In the grounds of the mansion the Queen, elegant in a Stewart Parvin cream silk dress, a powder blue wool crepe coat and a hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, looked an exhibition of domestic appliances from the six decades of her reign.

She paused to look at a TV from the Fifties and a teasmaid from 1965 and remarked to the curator Gerard Greene "how things have changed". 

Afterwards they travelled on to Waltham Forest for a reception at the Town Hall for local achievers.

In the afternoon the royal visitors headed for Britain's first Hindu state school, the Krishna Avanti School in Harrow.

There they saw performances of dance and music by the pupils and local groups showcasing the various ages, abilities, faiths and nationalities that co-exist together in the borough.

The day ended with a trip to see photographic exhibition 60 Faces of London, which underlines the changes that have taken place during the monarch's six-decade reign.

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