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The Queen’s granddaughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie surprised picnickers by greeting them at the Buckingham Palace gardens.

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The royal sisters were near the Garden Entrance of the monarch’s home, threading their way through the crowds to welcome bystanders.

Eugenie, dressed in a bright red vintage dress, said: “Hello everyone. “Who are you all excited to see - apart from Granny?”

Beatrice, in an Edem peacock blue print dress and Ferragamo blue wedge shoes, joked that she had yet to receive a hamper and that she would be setting out a picnic inside the Palace.

“I think we’re going to have a carpet picnic upstairs,” she told Sally Bratt, from Hendon, north London.

Tim Douglas, from Ivybridge in Devon, said after meeting Beatrice: “She liked the design of our picnic mat - Union flags.

“She said the weather yesterday at the pageant was typically British.”

Beatrice described the flotilla on the River Thames as “great fun”.

Eugenie, who took a peek into one of the picnic hampers, declared: “They’ve got champagne and everything.”

Brian Greenwood, from York, said after meeting both Princesses: “We were saying we were a bit disappointed by the weather yesterday.

“But they said it didn’t really spoil things. It’s a fantastic occasion.”

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