Cheering crowds greet the Queen in Leicester

Crowds of cheering fans lined the streets of Leicester City Centre to welcome the Queen and Prince Philip today.

Spectators lined the length of the parade route as Her Majesty’s limousine drove past Humberstone Gate, the Clock Tower, High Street, ending at Jubilee Square.

The Queen, wearing a deep jade dress with a matching coat and hat, was in Leicester to attend the traditional Maundy Thursday ceremony at Leicester Cathedral.

The Queen’s limousine travels along the procession route

The tradition involves the Queen handing out Maundy Money to 91 men and 91 woman – representing her age.

The 182 recipients of the Maundy money are senior citizens and were given the gifts in recognition of the service they have given to the church and their local area.

Among today’s recipients was Ted Cassidy, who said: “It’s been such a wonderful occasion – she’s amazing because she smiled at every single person and then spoke to the children at the end. I thought she’s just incredible, a wonderful woman.”

He added: “I got a surprise letter four months ago and I couldn’t believe it, it was such a wonderful surprise.”

Jane Gumbs, of Beaumont Leys, said: “It was really nice, lovely, and to see the Queen – it was amazing. She looked young.”

The Queen last visited Leicester in March 2012 as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour.