Queen Elizabeth II soaks up Ashes atmosphere at Lord's

This was scheduled to be Queen Elizabeth's penultimate engagement before leaving next week for her traditional summer holiday at her private Balmoral estate in Scotland.

updated: July 18, 2013 19:58 IST
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London: Queen Elizabeth II watched wickets tumble as she visited Lord's on Thursday to watch the start of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia.

With the start of play having been delayed by 15 minutes to accomodate the visit, the royal standard was raised before the Queen, monarch of both Britain and Australia, walked out of the iconic Lord's Pavilion and on to the field, where both teams were lined up to greet her.

The head of state -- wearing a blue hat, blue dress and white jacket with blue trim -- was first introduced to the Australia team as captain Michael Clarke led her down the line of players.

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