Queen hosts tribute to her royal cousin
The paws of guide dogs, not the customary corgis, graced the carpets of Buckingham Palace during a reception given by the Queen to honour the prolific work of her cousin, Princess Alexandra.
At the reception last night, the Queen and other supporters met the Princess in the Picture Gallery to celebrate her 50 years as a working member of the royal family.
It was the Queen's first public appearance since the death of her lifelong friend Margaret Rhodes aged 91 on Friday.
Alexandra is the patron or president of more than 100 organisations, including Guide Dogs for the Blind.
With the Queen at her side, Alexandra praised the "dedication of hard-working volunteers" as key to a charity's success.