Queen’s midlands tour gets off to a rapturous start

Queen Elizabeth II meets members of the public during a visit to Market Square, Nottingham

Queen Elizabeth II meets members of the public during a visit to Market Square, Nottingham

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Huge crowds turned out to see the Queen as she arrived in Nottingham this afternoon as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour which will take her to Corby this afternoon.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the city’s station by car and met dignitaries ahead of the arrival of the Queen on the Royal Train.

As they chatted with officials on platform 6 a handful of passengers gathered on the opposite side of the tracks and waved flags.

William shouted to them: “Are you waiting for the same train we are?”

The Queen was greeted by William and Kate as she got off her train and the duke was heard to compliment her on her hat.

As the royal party made their way into the main station concourse, there were cheers from the hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers who gathered behind barriers.

The Queen beamed as she chatted to schoolchildren and accepted bouquet after bouquet of flowers.

The Queen was wearing a silk tweed double breasted Stewart Parvin coat and shift dress with shades of turquoise, grey and ivory.

The Duke of Edinburgh was originally scheduled to join the Queen and William and Kate on the trip but has had to cancel as he continues to recover from a bladder infection.

A huge cheer went up from the crowd, estimated to be around 20,000, as the Queen and Duke and Duchess arrived at the Old Market Square in Nottingham city centre.

The Queen is expected to reach Corby shortly after 3pm.