Hundreds of people have braved the weather to welcome the Queen to the south west of England .
Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen arrived by Royal Train to begin a series of engagements in Dorset and Wiltshire as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.
Although the heavy rain that had made April the wettest on record continued into May, well-wishers patiently stood outside Sherborne Abbey to await their royal visitors. Once there the royal couple joined primary school children enjoying a Mad Hatter's Tea Party in a marquee on the lawn.
The Queen was presented with a bouquet of flowers by eight-year-old Leah McGarry. Dressed as Alice from Alice In Wonderland, Leah was thrilled to have met the royal guest.
"I feel really excited that I was chosen to hand over the flowers to the Queen," she said afterwards.
The royal couple then made the short journey by car to the nearby Digby Memorial Hall where they attended a 1952-themed coffee morning with guests and staff from residential homes across Dorset.
As they arrived, they both waved to the crowds waiting outside and the Queen was handed two bunches of flowers by well-wishers.
After meeting people enjoying the party, they went outside and spoke to members of the public before returning to the station by car and then on to Salisbury aboard the Royal Train.
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London Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone at the launch in south London of a poster supporting his campaign to be Mayor of London today. Picture date: Monday April 30 2012. The London mayoral election takes place on May 3. See PA story POLITICS Mayor. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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Palestinian protester, wearing a national flag mask, takes cover during clashes with Israeli troops outside Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 1, 2012, following a demonstration in support for prisoners held in Israeli jails. Clashes erupted between stone-throwing youths and the Israeli army, who fired tear gas, rubber bullets and a foul-smelling liquid known as 'skunk' to break up the demonstration. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/GettyImages)
Militants and labour union members gather around a burning the effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino in Manila on May 1, 2012 as part of the May Day protests demanding higher wages and policies that would make it harder to fire workers. Aquino has said he is trying to help labour but has warned that giving too many benefits will make the country less competitive, costing more jobs. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/GettyImages)
Swan glide through the flooded riverside walkways in the shadow of the cathedral in Worcester. (PA)