Diamond Jubilee: Queen visits Hereford and Worcester

The Queen is greeted and cheered by well-wishers in Hereford.

The Queen has visited Herefordshire and Worcestershire as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.

Accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen arrived in Hereford by steam train at 10:00 BST and visited the city's cathedral.

After attending a Diamond Day event at King George V playing fields, the royal party was then driven to Worcester.

The Queen officially opened The Hive library and history centre, before visiting the Guildhall and cathedral.

Hundreds of people lined the streets and the area outside The Hive, which stands on the banks of the River Severn.

Analysis

The enthusiasm from the crowds was more reliable than the weather in Worcester where hundreds of people of all different ages turned out to catch a glimpse of The Queen and Prince Philip. Many were waving flags of all different sizes and wearing red, white and blue hats or lei garlands.

The royal couple were driven from The Hive through Angel Place and round to the city's Guildhall for lunch, with many people moving along the route to see them at every possible opportunity.

The mood outside the cathedral was one of excitement and pride as the bells chimed and the sun shone. One young couple told me that, for them, seeing the Queen was a "once in a lifetime" opportunity while another lady pointed out this could very well be the last chance to see her in person.

The building was opened to the public earlier this month and cost £60m.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh had lunch at the Guildhall and then attended a cathedral service just after 14:00 BST.

The Queen unveiled a plaque commemorating her visit to the cathedral after a special themed service led by the Bishop of Worcester, the Reverend Dr John Inge.

The service included the audience singing an excerpt from JRR Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings to Elgar's Land Of Hope And Glory before finishing with the National Anthem.

The Queen began her visit to Hereford by unveiling a plaque and receiving a gift during an engagement at the city's 12th century cathedral.

Ahead of the visit to the cathedral, the Dean of Hereford Cathedral the Very Reverend Michael Tavinor said the royal party would be introduced to those involved in a £5m restoration project of the Cathedral Close area.

Thousands of well-wishers also turned out for the Herefordshire Diamond Day parade, which included a 90-piece band, a procession of dancers, a cider company's horse-drawn dray, a trailer carrying Ryeland sheep and 2009 Grand National winner Mon Mome.

The royal couple will travel to Birmingham on Thursday to continue the Diamond Jubilee tour.

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