The Queen and guests enjoy summer drinks in London


Friends and family of the Queen have joined the monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh for a summer drinks party in the City of London.

The Princess Royal, her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence and Princess Eugenie were among the guests at the social gathering along with past and present members of the Queen's household.

The drinks reception - a final get-together for the monarch before she heads to Balmoral in Scotland for her summer break - took place at Drapers' Hall.

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen and her party travelled in a number of vehicles and were driven past office workers enjoying an outside drink in the sweltering summer weather as they neared the historic building.

Sir Nicholas Soames MP

The grandeur and opulence of Drapers' Hall is an unforgettable setting for public events.

Founded more than 600 years ago, The Drapers' Company is incorporated by Royal Charter and is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies in the City of London.

Lord Freddie Windsor and Lady Gabriella Windsor

Guests at the event included the children of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent - Lady Gabriella Windsor and her brother Lord Freddie Windsor - and Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Soames, who is also a friend of the Prince of Wales.

Princess Anne (right) and Princess Eugenie

Senior members of the Monarch's household were also present, such as Sir Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse, her Private Secretary Sir Christopher Geidt and lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey.

Lady Helen Taylor

The Queen has had a busy 2016 so far - celebrating both her actual and official 90th birthdays - and joked at the Patron's Lunch: "How I will feel if people are still singing Happy Birthday to me in December remains to be seen."