Sun shines for Royal Garden Party

PUBLISHED: 20:16 26 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:32 20 February 2013

Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived on Alaska, a 130-years-old steam launch

Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived on Alaska, a 130-years-old steam launch

Her Majesty and Prince Philip greeted by thousands at Henley Business School

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh were joined by 4,000 guests yesterday at a three-county garden party at Greenlands, Henley Business School, to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen and The Duke arrived at the garden party on Alaska, a 130 year-old steam launch, having travelled from Hambleden Lock. The royal couple and guests then watched a river pageant, involving boats with a link to the Thames, while actors, performers and artists told the story of the Thames in a riverbank performance. A Viking style boat was crewed by rowers from the University of Reading. Among the performers were members of Henleys Acorn Music Theatre Company.

The Queen and The Duke then took separate walkabout routes through the grounds, meeting a wide range of guests from business and industry, some of the 1,200 winners of invitations through public ballots, armed forces representatives, Paralympians, Queens Award winners and representatives of the Thames Valley Community Foundations.

The Queen unveiled a commemorative plaque and was presented with a posy from three schoolchildren, representing Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, before watching a flypast of RAF helicopters from RAF Benson.

She also saw the communatree where Sir Terry Wogan, a deputy lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, hung a message from a branch, stressing the importance of the community foundations.

Alex Locke, eight, of Marlow, presented Her Majesty with a bunch of white roses.

Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire said of the day: "We were incredibly lucky with the weather, which seemed to put everybody in a good mood. When The Queen arrived the guests cheered and clapped and most of them managed to get a close-up glimpse of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, who between them must have spoken to over 200 people during the visit. After nearly two years of planning and the willing help of a huge number of people and organisations across the three counties, I think I can safely say that it was worth every minute."

Pupils from Danesfield School in Marlow were among those who lined the route when they Royal couple departed.

The event was organised jointly by the Lord-Lieutenants of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire as part of The Queen's UK-wide Diamond Jubilee regional tour.

Closely associated with the event is a major Diamond Jubilee legacy fundraising appeal for the four Community Foundations in the three counties.

At the garden party the three county community foundations of Bucks, Berks, plus that of Milton Keynes promoted the work they do to strengthen communities and inspire and support charitable giving.

To make a donation to the Jubilee Fund for Buckinghamshire, or for more information, visit the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation website at

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