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

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Solomon Bygraves admitted robbing 93-year-old Stanley Evans in Soho (Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)

A callous thug who shoved a frail 93-year-old man to the ground so he could steal just £5 from him has admitted carrying out the ‘callous and sickening’ robbery.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Teen victim Alan Cartwright

Detectives have arrested three people in connection with the murder of Alan Cartwright, 15, the teen who was stabbed to death while riding his bike along Caledonian Road, Islington.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
John Aguiler-Paez, 37, was convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court

A waiter is facing years behind bars for raping a girl after he was caught out by a tarot card reading.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Giorgia is slim and short, with medium-length curly black hair [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

Police are growing increasingly concerned about Giorgia Welch-Adesanya, who has been missing for three weeks.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Narrow boats line the Regent's Canal in Little Venice (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Winter, be gone! Spring is most definitely on its way and these pictures are sure to get you excited about picnics, strolls and finally mooching outside after months of Vitamin D deficiency.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The designer is having none of the singer’s excuse about her cape being the problem during her Brits fall.

Read more

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has revealed his party’s measures to reduce a level of immigration that was “unsustainable, unfair and unethical”.

Read more

The first cast members for the Independence Day sequel have been announced.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

The figures come after ministers last year said university leaders should show ‘”much greater restraint”.

The snake could have been capable of attacking a human.

Alan Cartwright, 15, died after receiving a single stab wound.

Quirky London