Royal Princess spring Jubilee surprise at Buckingham Palace picnic

18:45 04 June 2012

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie visit a Big Jubilee Lunch at All Saints Church, Fulham PIC: Matt Grayson/Fulham Chronicle/PA Wire

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie visit a Big Jubilee Lunch at All Saints Church, Fulham PIC: Matt Grayson/Fulham Chronicle/PA Wire

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

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.”

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 17:39
Four people have been found guilty of murdering Dean Mayley in Greenford (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A gang of youths have been found guilty of murdering a young man with the mental age of nine after a knife-point mugging was caught on a graphic and shocking CCTV video.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:31
A horse pulling a funeral cortège like this one sadly dropped dead in Hornchurch [Photo by Dave Thompson/PA images]

A grieving family were further distressed when a horse pulling a relative’s hearse dropped dead during a funeral procession.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

I'm only going to say this once: Stand. On. The. Right.

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more
Can you guess the Tube station just from the outside? (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How well do you know your Tube stations? Can you guess these Underground stops from the pictures taken outside them?

Read more