The Queen at the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall joined The Queen for the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace today.
In glorious summer sunshine, the Queen toured the Coronation Festival organised by the Royal Warrant Holders Association in the Palace's gardens.
The lawns of The Queen's official residence were covered with pavilions and marquees featuring more than 200 brands which have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Households of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh or The Prince of Wales.
Around 60,000 visitors are expected to attend the four-day event displaying British "innovation, excellence and industry".
As The Duchess toured the site, she met Andrew Love, deputy chairman of the Ritz, and his wife Amanda. Mrs Love asked The Duchess: "I bet you are on tenterhooks waiting for the birth," and she replied: "Yes we are very excited. Immensely looking forward to it and waiting for the phone call." The Festival had relatively little baby-related paraphernalia. However one of the few things on show were the baby announcement cards made by stationer Wren Press, which made the invitations for The Prince and Duchess's wedding.
The Duchess of Cornwall talks to Ben (left) and Kevin Giddings the father and son Chimney sweeps, that keep the Clarence House Chimneys clean
Over the next three evenings the gardens will also host a performance of music and dance highlighting cultural life during The Queen's six-decade reign.
Stars such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Katherine Jenkins, Katie Melua and the English National Ballet will perform and tonight they will take the stage for a special gala show in front of The Queen, The Prince and The Duchess.
Royal Warrant Holders represented during the festival include Barbour - famous for wax jackets - Bernard Weatherill, which supplies country, riding and hunt wear, Heirlooms, which makes luxury bed, table and bathroom linen, and champagne supplier Moet & Chandon.
The Countess of Wessex was part of the royal party at the festival and she showed her fun side when she pretended to sleep on a bed, exhibited by a firm, and when her son Viscount Severn visited the Bentley stand he could not resist getting behind the wheel.
During her afternoon at the festival,Tthe Queen visited its Homes And Gardens zone where she took a tour of The Mirrored House - a feature she had a hand in creating.
It had a series of four rooms with the exterior covered in a fractured mirror, designed to make it appear invisible in the trees and gardens of the Palace.