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Diamond Jubilee: Queen takes Windsor walkabout

The Queen meeting school children
The Queen met school children during her Windsor walkabout

Hundreds of people have lined the streets of Windsor to see the Queen on a Diamond Jubilee walkabout.

The Queen walked from Windsor Castle to the Guildhall with the Duke of Edinburgh.

The event has been billed as a "thank you" to the Royal family's neighbours in the Berkshire town.

The Queen and Prince Philip also met people in the town who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversaries.

The Queen was initially shown around by the Mayor of Windsor, Councillor Asghar Majeed, and met a line-up of children, who handed her bouquets of posies.

Devon Mather, 12, of St George's School, Ascot, was one of a number of local children who met the Queen.

She said: "She told us that she would be going on a long walk today and she asked whether we did any walking at school."

'Absolutely charming'

The Queen also met couples celebrating their diamond wedding anniversaries this year.

David Bosford from Datchet said: "She asked when our anniversary was. I told her that my wife was also called Elizabeth and was her namesake. She was absolutely charming."

The last time the Queen, 86, had a Windsor walkabout was for her 80th birthday on 21 April in 2006.

The Diamond Jubilee Pageant, featuring music, dance, military and equestrian displays, is due to be held between 10 and 13 May at Windsor Castle.

It will involve 550 horses and more than 1,000 performers from around the world.

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