Mar 29 2012 By Jessica Thompson
The Queen and Prince Philip at Krishna-Avanti Primary School
THE QUEEN'S visit to Harrow today was a sun-drenched success.
Her Majesty arrived shortly after 2.30pm, dressed in a powder blue suit, complete with hat.
She was joined by her husband Prince Philip.
Hundreds of people were gathered outside Krishna-Avanti Primary School and cheered for her as she arrived.
Lots of people were waving flags, and morris dancers and live bands ensured there was plenty of entertainment for everyone to enjoy.
The Queen had a packed schedule of things to see and do during her visit. Once inside the school she saw displays of spectacular song and dance, and enjoyed the 60 Faces exhibition by council photographer Dermot Carlin.
She signed the school's visitor book, and was eventually led into the 'farewell area' as a perfect end to her flying visit to Harrow. A screen was set up outside the school so people could watch the action.
Lots of Observer readers headed to our live blog to share their thoughts and get minute-by-minute coverage of the big day.
'amina' said she was 'so proud' that the Queen came to Harrow, with one visitor saying the sight 'took her breath away'.
Claire Palmer said: "Jubilate ladies (local singers) tell me they spoke to the Duke of Edinburgh, as the Queen stayed to speak with the musical director. He asked whether they were all from different choirs. He was very smiley. He said, "Are you sure there are no tape recorders (players) hiding there?" - because the choir's sound was so impressive. As the Queen turned to leave she looked back, waved at the choir and said thank you."
Claire also said: "The Queen chatted to members of Jubilate ladies choir. She had a sparkly brooch, three strings of pearls, pearl earrings and a lovely hat. Black patent shoes with little gold buckles!"
Her majesty was also presented with the winning card in our competition in the Farewell Zone.
Congratulations to Pia Scott-Nair of Bolton Road, Harrow, aged seven, who presented her with the card.
It was the first time in almost eight years that the Queen has come to Harrow. And it was the first day of the London diamond jubilee tour.
Lex, Jane and Alison, were following the Observer live blog, and said: "We are at work in Harrow and gutted to be missing it!"'
Michael' said: "At home sick from work. Hoping my daughter who is stewarding at the school is lucky enough to meet Her Majesty."
Our reporters Ian Proctor and Hannah Bewley were there to speak to local residents and take photographs.
The Harrow Observer will run a special feature on the visit in next week's paper with more photos, stories and comments.