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Thursday, 6 June, 2002, 17:22 GMT 18:22 UK
Queen's Jubilee bus tour
Queen at bus depot
The Queen had forgotten her senior citizens bus pass
The Queen has resumed her Golden Jubilee tour of the UK with a visit to a bus depot in north London.

Hundreds of people turned up to welcome her to Willesden Bus Garage where she met some of the drivers who ferried people to the Jubilee celebrations at the weekend.

During her visit, the Queen chatted to Eugene Collymore, who has been a bus driver for 33 years and who also worked during the Silver Jubilee celebrations.

The Queen meets bus driver Tony Farrell
The Queen inspects driver Tony Farrell's bus

Driver Tony Farrell said the Queen seemed genuinely interested in his bus.

"She asked if it had power steering," he said.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen was visiting the depot because she wanted to thank in person those who had given up their weekend to ferry people to and from the jubilee festivities in London.

Garlands

After the visit, the Royal party moved on to Barnet, where they were treated to another pageant.

In Copthall Athletics Stadium, almost 20,000 people were entertained by dancers in Caribbean carnival costumes, steel bands, belly dancers and Bollywood acts representing the diverse spirit of communities in the area.

Prince Philip seemed to enjoy the show particularly and began clapping along to the performance of some Asian dancers and drummers.

Archway temple
Tamil Hindus preparing to meet the Queen

Sheila Abbett, headteacher at Brookland Infant School in Hampstead Garden suburbs, who met the Queen, said: "I think given the weekend the Queen and Prince Philip have had they must be 'jubileed' out.

"But they both came here today and looked like they really enjoyed themselves."

Later in Archway, the Queen paid tribute to the Hindu community, with her first visit in the UK to a Hindu temple.

There she receiveda traditional welcome and was presented with ceremonial garlands.

The Queen and Prince Philip, along with 250 schoolchildren, later attended a garden party at Lambeth Palace.

The 76-year-old monarch has had only one day's rest since the spectacular events of Monday and Tuesday.

On both days more than a million people poured into the centre of London to congratulate the Queen on her 50 years on the throne.

Charles in Cornwall

While his mother and father are in the capital, the Prince of Wales was visiting Cornwall on Thursday.

He toured a museum at Liskeard and then visited patients at Bodmin Hospital.

He rounded off his official visit at the Royal Cornwall Show in Wadebridge.

Later on Thursday, the Jubilee Baton Relay entered Britain after making its way through all the countries of the Commonwealth.

It passes first through Belfast before continuing its journey onto the mainland.

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