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Queen of the castle sets the standard as right royal crowd pleaser

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 28/06/2012

Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II receives floral posies from wellwishers as she and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Queens Jubilee Party - Stormont - 27th June 2012
Queens Jubilee Party - Stormont - 27th June 2012
Queens Jubilee Party - Stormont - 27th June 2012
Queens Jubilee Party - Stormont - 27th June 2012
The public come down to welcome the Queen
The public come down to welcome the Queen
Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II visiting the Titanic Signature Building, Belfast. The Queen meets Lord Mayor, Gavin Robinson
Kathryn Abraham aged 15 from Portadown
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visit the new South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, watched by Health Minister Edwin Poots (second left), during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II outside St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee tour.
Crowds wave Union flags in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, as they wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from local school children after she visited South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from local school children after she visited South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II arrives through the new Jubilee Gates at Hillsborough Castle, County Down, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
HRH the Queen mets Health Minister Edwin Poots durng her visit of the newly opened South West HospitalPhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
HRH the Queen mets staff of the newly opened South West Hospital during the secong visit of the day to the province. Showing HRH around the wards are Dr Ray Nethercott and Trust Chairman Gerard GuckinPhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
HRH the Queen mets staff, volunteers and representatives of the emergengy services during her visit to the newly opened South West Hospital during the secong visit of the day to the provincePhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
HRH the Queen and Prince Phillip with the Dean of St McCartans Cathederal Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
HRH the Queen went walkabout after her visit to St McCartans Cathederal and St Michaels Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
HRH the Queen went walkabout after her visit to St McCartans Cathederal and St Michaels Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
HRH the Queen went walkabout after her visit to St McCartans Cathederal and St Michaels Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
Susie Doyle chats with the Queen during her visit to the New SouthWest Hospital. Susie's 11 month old baby boy Eoin has Downs and is a patient of the Hospital. Also in picture is trust chairman Gerard Guckin.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
The Queen mets staff of the newly opened South West Hospital during the secong visit of the day to the provincePhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
The Queen mets staff of the newly opened South West Hospital during the secong visit of the day to the provincePhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wearing homemade paper crowns look on amongst a crowd of wellwishers as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (L) visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wearing homemade paper crowns look on amongst a crowd of wellwishers as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wearing homemade paper crowns look on amongst a crowd of wellwishers as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: A girl holds up a Diamond Jubilee badge amongst a crowd of wellwishers as as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh visit the South Western Acute Hospital on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLIN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave union flags as Queen Elizabeth II visits Macartin's Cathederal on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Crowds wait for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to leave St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave union flags as Queen Elizabeth II visits Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wave Union Jack flags and hold out floral bouquets as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wave Union Jack flags and hold out floral bouquets as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II receives floral posies from wellwishers as she and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II receives floral posies from wellwishers as she and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II outside St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
A well wisher waits for Queen Elizabeth II in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
Crowds wait for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to leave St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh leave St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
Queen Elizabeth II visits Macartin's Cathederal on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
Queen Elizabeth II visits Macartin's Cathederal on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
Secratary of State Owen Paterson and Northern Ireland First minister Peter Robinson wait for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh speak with well wishers in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
Crowds wait in the rain for Queen Elizabeth II to arrive in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
Crowds watch in the rain as Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
Crowds watch from a rooftop as Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
Hamilton Gilmour, Jenny Maxwell-Deane, Hilary Graham and Muriel Foy wait for the arrival of The Queen in Enniskillen Co Fermanagh.
Crowds wave Union flags in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, as they wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
©Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 26th June 2012. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com, Local shops get ready for the arrival of The Queen in Enniskillen Co Fermanagh.
Crowds wait in heavy rain in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour
©Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 26th June 2012. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com, People in Enniskillen town wait for the arrival of The Queen
Crowds wave Union flags in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, as they wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour
Crowds wave Union flags in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, as they wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour

They may only have had the most fleeting of glances. But the image of Her Majesty the Queen waving from the steps of Hillsborough Castle will live long in the memories of the hundreds of people who had gathered to cheer her on.

Although the weather in the Co Down village was relatively mild, poor conditions elsewhere meant the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh had to be flown in by helicopter from a previous engagement in Enniskillen. They landed out of sight from the 400-plus onlookers and were escorted on the final leg of their journey through Hillsborough which had been decked out with red, white and blue bunting and Union flags especially for the visit.

The royal couple were driven through the newly-named Jubilee Gates before the Queen unveiled a new statue in the front garden.

For the crowds, mainly women and children, who had been waiting patiently outside the castle gates for over an hour there was a real sense of anticipation. And as the royal Range Rovers snaked their way towards the castle there were loud cheers, applause and fervent waving of flags.

“I think the Queen is a wonderful person, for all the years that she has reigned over us,” said Helen Glass from Dromore.

“I used to live in a house across the road from Hillsborough Castle, so I have seen quite a few royals.

“Now that I have moved to Dromore I have to travel a bit further, but it’s worth it.

“I missed William and Kate when they were here (Northern Ireland) and I was disappointed about that, so I didn’t want to miss the Queen on her jubilee year.”

Occasionally the crowd broke into chants of “we want the Queen” and “long live the Queen” as well as a chorus of the national anthem. Gillian McKibben, from Lisburn, brought her two children Hannah (8) and Matthew (6) along for the spectacle.

She said: “We have never seen the Queen before so we thought it would be something different to do.

“After all, it’s not every day you get to see royalty and it will be nice for the children to remember.” Sales assistant Lynn Norwood, also from Lisburn, said: “My mum said I saw the Queen many years ago when I was a child at Lagan Valley Hospital but I was too young to remember.

“She has done so well over the jubilee and I just hope that she has a nice time in Northern Ireland.

“My daughter and grand-daughter are going to the garden party at Stormont and are hoping to see her there too. We are all big royal fans.”

Meanwhile, Hillsborough resident Hilary Seawright was among hundreds of locals who had turned out to welcome the royal couple.

“I saw the Queen at the Island Centre in Lisburn when she opened it a good few years ago,” she said. “Interest in the royals has really increased recently, especially with William and Kate, and it’s great to see the Queen looking so well.”

Joan Cummings, from Moira, said: “I travelled to Hillsborough with my eight-year-old daughter especially for the event. We have tickets for Stormont as well, which is great.

“I just thought it was important to bring my daughter here to see the Queen.

“I remember the Silver Jubilee with my mother and I hope that she will remember this event as fondly as I remember that.”

There were cheers when the Royal Standard went up over the magnificent Georgian house indicating that the Queen and Duke were in residence.

Minutes later smoke could be seen billowing from a chimney — as if to confirm that the 85-year-old monarch had put her feet up for the night, leaving some well- wishers hoping that Her Majesty would conduct a walkabout slightly disappointed.

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