The Queen met personnel and school children during a visit to RAF Marham in her capacity as Honorary Air Commodore.

A tour lasting several hours began in an air hangar where the monarch chatted to personnel from across the base, including staff from its industrial partners BAE, Rolls Royce and SERCO.

Next she met members of the sergeants’ mess before enjoying lunch in the officers’ mess.

Sergeant Alison Woods, from Personnel Services Flight, said: “It was fantastic to meet and speak with Her Majesty once again.

“She was very interested in my role as the deputy Air Cadet liaison officer for RAF Marham and the work the team does to organise and host the annual summer camps.

“This has been a terrific way for me to start 2014“.

After lunch the Queen was officially welcomed by five-year-old Owen Wright from Marham Infant School, while Caitlyn Tristam presented her with a posy.

Crowds of cheering families and children from the Rainbow Daycare Centre and Marham Junior School braved the cold to line the route and wave flags as the royal visitor left on Monday afternoon.

RAF Marham’s Station Commander, Group Captain Harv Smyth,  said: “To have Her Majesty the Queen as Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Marham is fantastic for the station and it was a privilege and an honour to welcome her here.”

λ The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are expected to leave Norfolk next week after attending church at Sandringham on Sunday.