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Queen Elizabeth II visits north London as part of Diamond Jubilee tour

Queen Elizabeth II, center, carries a armful of flowers presented to her as she visits Valentines Park and Mansion in Redbridge, north London on March 29, 2012, for the London Pride Art and Design exhibition. The visit comes as part of a progress of the Queen and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to mark her diamond jubilee.
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Queen Elizabeth II, center visits Valentines Park and Mansion in Redbridge, north London on March 29, 2012, for the London Pride Art and Design exhibition.
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(CBS News) A large crowd gathered to welcome Queen Elizabeth II on Thurdsay as her Diamond Jubilee tour stopped in three London boroughs.

The queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visited Valentine Mansion in Redbridge, northeast London.

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Tory leader of Redbridge Council Keith Prince said the queen's visit was a "great privilege and honor," reports the BBC.

"Redbridge is one of the most diverse boroughs in the country and I believe one of the greatest legacies the Queen will leave will be the Commonwealth - we've got as many members of the Commonwealth here as any other borough," Prince continued, reports The Sun.

At the 17th-century Valentine Mansion, they viewed paintings by artists including Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and David Hockney. Before leaving, the queen opened Valentine's Diamond Jubilee Dry Garden, reports the BBC.

The queen and the duke also visited Waltham Forest, where they stopped at Walthamstow Assembly Hall for a lunch with mayors from the 32 boroughs and the city of London, and watched dance and musical performances by schoolchildren and local groups at Krishna Avanti School in Harrow.