Pictures: The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Bromley

16:38 15 May 2012

The Queen meets crowds of well-wishers on her DiamOnd Jubilee visit to Bromley. Photo: joanne Wakenshaw

The Queen meets crowds of well-wishers on her DiamOnd Jubilee visit to Bromley. Photo: joanne Wakenshaw

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For a brief moment it looked like it might be third time lucky for the Queen's visit to Bromley.

The sun put in an appearance at about 7am on Tuesday before promptly disappearing again, meaning it was raining again - just like on Her Majesty's previous trips to the borough in 1969 and 1986.

It was cold too - with several members of the 10,000-plus crowd of well-wishers saying they wished they had worn thermals.

The Queen and Prince Philip arrived just after 10.30am at Queen's Gardens – which were opened to commemorate her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897.

They met designers and students in The Glades shopping centre and it was an hour before they emerged into the High Street where they were greeted by a roar of approval from onlookers, waving Union Flags and brollies, and the rain stopped briefly.

Britain's Got Talent finalists Jive Aces serenaded the Queen with a specially written song, which had the catchy refrain "Everybody say thanks ma'am, it's the diamond jubilee".

Georgian journalism student Nino Sologashvili-Metzler now lives in Germany but is studying English in Beckenham for a week.

She said: "I heard this week that the Queen was coming so I thought it would be a great opportunity to see her and do some reporting on an historic event."

Royalist Dee Rajakanthan, from Farnborough, was up at 5am to get her sons to school for their exams in Croydon before meeting her sister-in-law Nanthini Rajaseelan and her seven-year-old daughter Raakavi at 7am to be in Bromley early enough to secure a good view point.

The trio were in the crowd in central London last year for the royal wedding and Bromley High pupil Raakavi went to a garden party at Buckingham Palace two years ago.

Dee, 56, said: "I think the Queen is wonderful and brings a lot of good things to the country."

A freelance photographer - who did not want to be named and has been following the Queen on her Jubilee tour for weeks - left home in Newbury at 5.30am to be in Bromley for the visit.

He said: "We get more for pictures of the royals than any celebrities so it was worth the trip."

Once in the High Street it was short but sweet with the royal couple being introduced to dignitaries including Alistair Collier from EW Payne jewellers who presented her with a carriage clock and his second cousin, seven-year-old Alice Dyer, who gave the Queen a bouquet.

Then, less than 10 minutes after they arrived in the High Street for a walkabout, with beaming smiles for the crowd and the sun

View a selection of pictures from the Queen's Diamond Jubilee visit to Bromley

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