Popular visitor attraction Chatsworth House had a very special guest today - Her Majesty The Queen.
The Royal Party, also including the Duke of Edinburgh, attended the Derbyshire estate as part of a tour of the region and was greeted warmly by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
A reception was held in the house with invited guests from local charities, including Bernard Page MBE, who is chairman of the Royal British Legion in Derbyshire, and a flag at the top of the house was raised to mark the Queen’s arrival.
Hundreds of people waiting roared and cheered while waving Union Jack flags as she emerged from the Royal car. Thousands of people were expected to visit Chatsworth today for the occasion.
The Royal couple met eight Chatsworth employees who have all been awarded ‘Employee of the Quarter’ before a flower presentation to the Queen by Willa Carter, nine, granddaughter of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
The Queen was then introduced to a host of local food and drink producers before being presented with a hamper - ‘A Gift from Derbyshire’ - including a Derbyshire Fruit Cake by Ooh La Laa Cakes and a Derbyshire Oatcake from Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop.
Sheena Clarke, of Ashover, was at Chatsworth with her daughter Alex Jones, and her four-month-old daughter Florence.
Sheena said: “This is my granddaughter Florence’s first chance to see the Queen!
“people say that we are not royalists in this country but you only have to look at the number of people here to realise that we are!”
And this isn’t the first time Alex has seen the Queen, she remembers seeing her when she was just two years old in Darley Dale.
“She was visiting an old people’s home”, she added.
“I remember there being lots of people, excitement and noise. It’s one of my earliest memories.”
Andre Birkett, from the Chatsworth farm shop, added: “It was fantastic to meet the Queen and a great honour for myself and all of my colleagues.
“The hamper was a great opportunity to show Her Majesty the variety of products from across Derbyshire.”
The Queen, wearing a light blue coat and matching hat, arrived at Matlock station at 10.30am today.
Her first stop was at the John Smedley factory nearby in Lea Bridge near Matlock.