11 July 2013
Last updated at 23:23 ET
More than 200 suppliers to the Royal Family have converged on Buckingham Palace for a festival to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. Luxury car companies were among the exhibitors.
The idea for the event was conceived after a successful Christmas fair at Buckingham Palace in 2009, according to Richard Peck, the secretary of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, whose members are represented at the festival. He said the Queen was due to spend half an hour at the 2009 fair but ended up spending well over two hours - "and she clearly enjoyed it".
Entrance on the first day of the festival was by invitation only, with representatives of charities and the armed forces among the invitees.
Manufacturers of high-quality foodstuffs were much in evidence, some of whom enjoyed a joke with the Prince of Wales as he toured the festival site.
Providers of services as well as goods were represented at the festival, including father-and-son team Kevin and Ben Giddings, who sweep the chimneys at Clarence House, the Duchess of Cornwall's official London residence. Kevin Giddings (centre) said: "Prince Charles likes to keep it green so he will burn a bit of wood to save on energy."
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were captivated by the marzipan creations of one stall-holder.
Members of the public keen to attend but not lucky enough to have been invited to Thursday's special preview event needed to have paid £30 for a day ticket or £90 for an evening gala.
Seven-year-old Jessica Fitch, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, asked the Queen to pose for a photo with her teddy bear, Bertie, the mascot for her Brownie group. Of the Queen, Jessica reported: "She is very lovely. I've never met her before." Jessica's mother said her daughter had "no fear - she's mad, she just went up to them".
As the evening drew in and the gala concert commenced, Dame Kiri De Kanawa sang the national anthem.
Pippa and James Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's siblings, enjoyed the concert from the royal box.
The invitees were graced with glorious weather and a remarkable backdrop for the evening's entertainments.
Singer Katherine Jenkins was one of the stars of the gala. Other performers included Russell Watson, Beverley Knight, Katie Melua and the English National Ballet.
The Queen enjoyed the show from the royal box, joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.