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Queen tells guests of baby delight

Published 12/05/2015

The Queen meets guests during a garden party held at Buckingham Palace
The Queen meets guests during a garden party held at Buckingham Palace
Members of the Royal Family stand still for the national anthem during a garden party held at Buckingham Palace
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh stand still for the national anthem during a garden party held at Buckingham Palace

The Queen told guests of her delight that the royal baby is a girl as she threw open the doors of Buckingham Palace for the first of this summer's garden parties.

She smiled as she happily chatted to members of the public about her joy at becoming a great-grandmother again, just over a week after Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born.

The sun shone as around 8,000 people dressed in their finery poured into the grounds of the Palace to enjoy the afternoon party.

The Queen was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and other members of the royal family.

Dressed in a lemon summer tweed coat with white, silver and black flecks with a lemon silk floral dress, by Angela Kelly, and a matching hat, the Queen toured the garden speaking to dozens of guests.

Among them was Susan Pollack, 84, and her daughter Sandra Gee, 53, both now living in north London.

Mrs Pollack said: "I told her I am so happy at the arrival of the new baby. I said congratulations, and she said 'Yes, we love to have another girl'.

"She smiled at that. She was very relaxed and enjoying the event."

Sandra Gee added: "She said how pleased she was to have another great-granddaughter in particular."

Mrs Pollack, a survivor who lost 50 members of her family in the holocaust, works with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, of which the Queen is a patron. She added: "She is absolutely wonderful, delightful and easy to engage with.

"She asked about my history and the work I have done. I mentioned that I had been speaking at schools for 28 years, and she was interested in that."

Carole Weston, a Conservative district councillor in Rochford in Essex, wore pink to celebrate the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby girl.

She said: "I did say I thought I would put something pink on to mark the fact it was a princess.

"I said congratulations on your new granddaughter - she corrected me and said 'No, great-granddaughter.

"It was a lovely experience."

The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Duke and Duchess of Gloucester also attended the garden party.

Silence swept through the crowd as the royal family, led by the Queen, walked down the Palace steps and into the garden as the National Anthem played.

The royals then mingled with the many guests who had travelled from all over the country.

Dr June Smailes, chairwoman of the charity Cavendish Cancer Care, attended the party with her daughter Alexandra Peet, a student at Newcastle University - where Princess Eugenie studied.

Alexandra said: "She talked about Eugenie who went to Newcastle University - she said Eugenie had a really good time there."

Dr Smailes added: "She had a lot of insight into the social life that exists at Newcastle. She was a very lovely person."

Guests later made their way to the marquees where they tucked into the 20,000 sandwiches, 20,000 slices of cake and 27,000 cups of tea which were served.

The Duchess of Cornwall met a couple who are due to race across India in tuk-tuks to raise money for the Elephant Family, the charity supported by her late brother Mark Shand.

David Alexander, a patron of the charity, said Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, model Yasmin Le Bon and her daughter Amber, and the duchess's son Tom Parker Bowles are among those taking part in the five-day race.

His wife Jayne Alexander said: "She mentioned that both her children are going to be there."

The Queen met Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace shortly after her birth,

The Cambridges have taken the Princess and her one year-old brother George to Anmer Hall, their country home in Norfolk.

The garden party was the first of three to be held this year at Buckingham Palace, while another will be held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

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