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Thursday, 9 May, 2002, 17:33 GMT 18:33 UK
Queen's praise for player's honour
The Queen with Cllr Sukhdev Singh Marway, the ceremonial mayor of Newham Council
The Queen on her walkabout in Newham in east London
The Queen was one of the first people to congratulate footballer Joe Cole on his inclusion in England's World Cup squad.

The talented 20-year-old was one of the players from London club West Ham who met the Queen.

She is touring the East End of London on the latest leg of her Jubilee tour.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she was treated to a fashion show, visited local allotments and took part in a carnival procession.

Carnival crowd
Crowds lined the route to cheer and wave flags

The Queen met the West Ham midfielder just hours after the squad for the World Cup was announced.

She said her son Prince Andrew planned to travel to Japan and Korea to watch some of the games.

The Duke of Edinburgh asked him about his early career.

"I came up through the academy, just like the boys outside," he said, indicating the young boys who had made a guard of honour outside the building.

Pub pint

Earlier, the Queen and Prince Philip had toured the streets of Newham where nearly every member of the eight-deep crowd appeared to wave a union jack.

The Royal couple were then guests of honour at a street festival which was headed by a giant metal elephant.

The Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh outside the Newham pub

Landlady of The Duke of Edinburgh pub, Shirley McCarron, invited the duke in for a drink.

"He said he couldn't get through the crowd but that he would loved to have done," she said.

The Royal party also met several pearly Kings and Queens.

The Queen had earlier visited local allotments in Wanstead and met members of the Woodbine Club.

Monroe lookalike

Walthamstow was the first stop of a day where 4,000 people packed into the grounds of the Town Hall to welcome the Queen.

At a fashion show, put on by Waltham Forest College students, the Queen looked on as a Marilyn Monroe paraded on the catwalk.

She then met the seven young achievers who were presented with Jubilee Awards in sport, the arts, education, courage and work in the community.

One was given to Zeynep Gilgil, an 18-year-old student who has won the offer of a place to read history at Oxford University.

An elephant headed the procession
A metal elephant headed the carnival procession

The teenager came to Britain aged six, unable to speak English.

Towering over the others - at 6ft 5in - 18-year-old Michael Alalade was recognised for his achievement in basketball.

He said: "Today's a bit overwhelming and makes me quite nervous but I am really glad to have the chance."

Ben Wigzell, a 19-year-old from Highams Park School, won the art award for his theatre design.

Amerisida Sela, a 15-year-old who arrived in Britain from Albania in 1999, won the award for bravery.

High achievers

The community award winner was Cassie White, 13, who helps in a sign language class in her school.

The two youngest winners, 11-year-old Gabriella Lewin and 10-year-old David Gooch, were given awards for academic achievement.

The Queen rounded off the day in Barking, Essex, at an Elizabethan manor house, while the duke visits the University of East London in Dagenham.

The Queen has already visited the north-east and south-west of England.

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