The Queen in Powys
PUBLISHED: 01:50 21 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:24 20 February 2013
Thousands of Powys residents shrugged off late April downpours to greet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on their historic Diamond Jubilee visit to the county
Thousands of Powys residents shrugged off late April downpours to greet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on their historic Diamond Jubilee visit to the county.
Flag-waving crowds created a sea of red, white and blue at the entrance to Glanusk Park near Crickhowell as they welcomed the royal party to a Diamonds in the Park celebration.
Glanusk Park, home to The Hon Shn Legge-Bourke, lord lieutenant of Powys, was the final stop for the Queen on a two-day tour of Wales. The free family festival held to mark her visit showcased the best of Powys, with the countys regional character and diversity highlighted by an array of activities and displays featuring tourism, forestry, agriculture, crafts, sports and country pursuits, with local musicians and singers providing main arena attractions.
Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh braved the rain and the mud to meet exhibitors, including officers from Dyfed Powys Police, members of the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, workers from Brecknock Play Network and many other groups. Powys Federation of YFCs and WIs were also among those who worked tirelessly during the day to entertain thousands of visitors who turned out to be a part of this momentous event.
At the end of her visit the Queen planted a tree in the grounds of Glanusk to commemorate the occasion and was met by Welsh rugby kicking coach and all-time points scorer for Wales, Neil Jenkins, and current squad members Stephen Jones and Leigh Halfpenny. She also met the 20-strong team of volunteers and co-ordinators who had helped organise the celebration.
For our full photographic coverage of the royal visit see www.herefordshire.greatbritishlife.co.uk