In pictures: Dame Penelope Keith entertains the Queen at Women’s Institute meeting in West Newton

The Queen is greeted by Yvonne Browne. Picture: Ian Burt

The Queen is greeted by Yvonne Browne. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The Queen was joined by actress Dame Penelope Keith for a Women's Institute meeting this afternoon.

Dame Penelope, 74, gave a question and answer session about acting at the West Newton Village Hall.

Afterwards, Dame Penelope spoke about her experience at the meeting yesterday, which lasted around an hour and a half.

'It was great fun,' she said. 'It was fascinating. I asked people if they wanted to ask me questions, I got asked if had always wanted to be an actress and if I preferred theatre to television.'

Dame Penelope, who is famous for her role as Margo Leadbetter, spoke about her chat with the Queen, who is the branch's honorary president.


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The Queen arrived by Range Rover just before 3pm wearing a light grey-coloured coat in cold, but calm weather conditions.

She was welcomed by WI chair and vice president, Yvonne Browne, who has been a member of the WI since 1991.

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As the Queen left the service, she paused before she got into her Range Rover and smiled broadly at the small public gathering who were waiting in the cold to catch a glimpse of her.

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