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The Queen visits Kent: Photos capture moments which made Her Majesty smile

ByRebecca Tuffin

Photos have captured moments which made The Queen smile during her visit to Kent.

Crowds gathered to welcome the 93-year-old monarch as she arrived at the RBLI centenary village in Aylesford earlier today.

The Queen seemed very pleased to see a dog at the village
The Queen seemed very pleased to see a dog at the village

She came to open a luxury care facility ahead of Remembrance Day.

Her Majesty looked very pleased to meet a guide dog during her visit - who didn't seem fazed by her royalty and laid down for a nap.

A Fijian also performed a traditional dance for the monarch which involved sitting on the ground in front of her. The Queen can be seen looking a tad intrigued at the routine.

RBLI chief executive, Steve Sherry, said: "It's been a day of smiles and laughter with lots of flags and cheering.

"I think Her Majesty has really enjoyed the visit and has endorsed in supporting our centenary village development."

A Fijian performed a traditional dance for The Queen
A Fijian performed a traditional dance for The Queen

A 101-year-old lady and more than 1,000 children waved their British flags as The Queen was driven into the village before appearing in a beautiful purple outfit.

Some of them were so excited by the occasion, they even cheered at a laundry wagon in anticipation of her arrival.

While at the centre, Her Majesty chatted to veterans, was given a tour around the garden and buried a time capsule which won't be reopened for a hundred years.

She also admired arts and crafts made by residents.

Mr Sherry had the honour of meeting The Queen during her trip.

He said: "It was actually my second time meeting Her Majesty, but it was still pretty nerve-wracking.

"We did have a quick rehearsal yesterday and some people couldn't even speak.

"But she actually puts people at ease very quickly - she was asking questions and laughing as much as the staff were enjoying it. It has given people a real buzz and sense of recognition of the good they're doing."

He added: "I wish we could have every Wednesday like this."

It was Her Majesty's first visit to the county since 2016 when she went to the Royal Engineers at Brompton Barracks in Gillingham.

Her Majesty received flowers before she left. Picture: Matt Walker
Her Majesty received flowers before she left. Picture: Matt Walker

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