Queen stops off at Chatsworth

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
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Hundreds of royal watchers gathered in the sunshine to welcome the Queen to Chatsworth House.

She was joined by her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, for a visit to the Derbyshire estate yesterday as part of a grand tour of the county.

They were greeted by thousands of people cheering and waving Union flags, many of whom had been waiting hours to catch a glimpse of the Queen.

A flag at the top of the house was raised in her honour and a celebration of Derbyshire was laid on for the royal party.

It included music, food and a display by local businesses in the grounds of the Peak District stately home, near Bakewell.

Sheena Clarke, of Ashover, near Chesterfield, was waiting in the crowds with her daughter Alex Jones and four-month-old granddaughter Florence.

She said: “This is Florence’s first chance to see the Queen.

“People say we are not royalists in this country, but you only have to look at the number of people here to realise that we are.”

The Queen has visited Chatsworth five times, most recently in November 2003.

Yesterday, the Royal couple were met by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and given a taste of food made by local producers.

A reception was held in the house with invited guests, including Bernard Page MBE, chairman of the Royal British Legion in Derbyshire.

Volunteers and staff from various emergency organisations attended, including mountain rescue, cave rescue and East Midlands Air Ambulance.

The Royal couple met eight Chatsworth employees who have all been given ‘employee of the quarter’ awards before a posy presentation to the Queen by nine-year-old Willa Carter, granddaughter of the Duke and Duchess.

The Queen was presented with a food hamper including a Derbyshire Fruit Cake by Ooh La Laa Cakes and a Derbyshire oatcake from Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop.

Chatsworth farm shop employee Andre Birkett, said: “It was fantastic to meet the Queen and a great honour.”