Boy scout ‘startled’ as he gives Queen flowers from Tesco Express during Ilford visit

14:53 29 March 2012

Jacob Coy, 12, of Hesketh Road, Forest Gate

Jacob Coy, 12, of Hesketh Road, Forest Gate

Archant

A boy scout says he felt “startled” and “surprised” after he gave a bunch of flowers to the Queen which he bought this morning in Tesco Express.

Jacob Coy, 12, of Hesketh Road, Forest Gate was one of thousands lining the barricades waiting for the arrival of the Queen today.

Jacob said: “I am very surprised, I waited for over two hours for her get here but it was worth it.

“I have never seen her close up before only in pictures. I said ‘congratulations’ to her and gave her the flowers I had bought.”

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Valentines Park, Ilford as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.

The motorcade drove through the park stopping 50 metres from the VIP section surrounding Valentines Mansion.

As she got out of her car at around 10.40am a huge cheer rose from the crowds, many frantically waiving Union Jack flags.

Hitesh Mody, 42, Cranbrook Raod, Gants Hill said: “Before I even saw her, the whole crowed was saying: ‘She’s wearing blue! She’s wearing blue!’ then I got to see her. It was incredible.”

Also waiting for a glimpse of the Queen was Maria Kyriacos, 51, of Benton Road, Newbury Park.

Mrs Kyriacos said: “It was lovely, it was really exciting and she was dressed very well as always. Everyone was having fun - it really was a day to remember”

After greeting the crowds, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh went on a tour of Valentines House with Redbridge Council leader Cllr Keith Prince.

There was another loud cheer as they walked out of the mansion and into a marquee showcasing art work by the borough’s schools.

Valentines High School pupil Simran Kaur, 13, of Landsbury Avenue, Chadwell Health was chosen to present her painting to the Queen and said she felt “stunned” when speaking afterwards.

Simran said: “It was very intense as she went round the marquee and when she came to us I was very scared.

“Before she arrived we were told to call her Your Majesty the first time and then Ma’am after that. She was very nice with us and it was very cool and calm.

“I feel amazed I just met the Queen and managed to get a picture with her.”

After crossing to the barriers to speak to visitors and receive flowers, she and Prince Philip left at around 11.15am.

They are visiting Waltham Forest and Harrow later today.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Monday, June 1, 2015
[Photo PA Images]

Taking a driving test is a moment many people remember for life. The pressure, the nerves, the laughs from friends if you fail. Today the driving test is 80 years old, it was made compulsory on June 1 1935.

Monday, June 1, 2015
[Photo David Levene]

Art-loving Londoners get the chance to spend the night on laser equipped beds at the Hayward Gallery.

Monday, June 1, 2015
Nathan Mayers

Police are appealing for help to find a 13-year-old boy with asthma who went missing from Hackney yesterday.

Monday, June 1, 2015
[Photo Sarah Blee]

Open Gardens Squares Weekend will see allotments and stately homes open their gates for two days only.

Monday, June 1, 2015
Two new train strikes are planned for June 4 and June 9  (Photo by Cate Gillon/Getty Images)

Planned rail strikes have been suspended after talks over a pay deal, the arbitration service Acas has said.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Time to expand with the LeefiBRIDGE.

More iOS memory in a flash: Introducing Leef iBRIDGE.

Read more
The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

Read more
You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more