The Queen beams days ahead of royal baby arrival at garden party in Edinburgh

Just days away from the arrival of the new royal baby to the fold, the Queen hosted a garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on Monday.

The Queen, accompanied by the Earl of Wessex, was beaming ahead of the birth of her third great-grandchild, looking magnificent in mint green as she smiled happily and chatted to guests while she walked around the grounds of the palace.

Her Majesty wore a Stewart Parvin double-breasted silk tweed coat in mint green for the joyous occasion, which awarded people from all walks of life with honours to mark their achievements.



She also had on a chiffon dress in shades of green, grey and ivory and a diamond thistle brooch, along with a matching hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan.

The Duke of Edinburgh was absent  as he is still recovering from an exploratory operation on his abdomen.

The Queen's garden party saw thousands gather – including armed forces veterans, charity volunteers and business owners – for the first public event in the monarch's week-long tour of Scotland.

More than 70 people were honoured at a ceremony at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Among them was the youngest member of the British gold medal winning showjumping team at the London Games last summer, Scott Brash. The showjumper was made an OBE for his services to equestrianism.

Mr Brash, 27, said: "It means a lot. To be recognised in what you love doing is a fantastic thing. It's great."


Meanwhile, Prince Charles, who will become first-time grandfather upon the birth of Prince William and Kate's baby – due in mid-July – was on his annual summer tour with the Duchess of Cornwall.

The couple obviously have the royal baby on their minds, as Camilla was seen picking up a box of organic baby food while on the official visit in Wales.

Camilla looked delighted as officials from baby food company, Plum, presented her with a large hamper during a visit to the Rhug Estate with the Prince of Wales, who will become a grandfather for the first time any day now.

The farm shop first opened its doors in 2002 selling award-winning organic meat from a roadside takeaway and butchery and has since increased its range to more than 1,500 products.