THE QUEEN was seen by train spotters as she passed through Stroud on Wednesday, July 11.

Her Majesty was travelling on the Royal Train, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, from Newport to Hereford as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

It was spotted at Griffin Mill in Thrupp around 3.45pm by Nick Lock.

The Royal carriage was being pulled by the 6201 steam locomotive Princess Elizabeth, which was built in 1933 and named after the seven-year-old princess.

Mr Lock said: "It is very rare to see the Princess Elizabeth in Stroud."

The steam engine was recently used to signal the start of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Battersea Railway Bridge and has been used by members of the royal family as part of the Diamond Jubilee Tour.