The visit was live streamed on our website, and the highlights of the visit can be viewed here.

 

Critically endangered black rhinos, Asani and Bashira, sleep through the excitement of The Queen’s visit to Chester Zoo.

 

A statue of a Rothschild giraffe towers over The Queen as her Diamond Jubilee tour continued. The encounter came as the monarch was making her first visit to Chester Zoo, to officially open its new Diamond Jubilee Quarter.

 

Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke Of Edinburgh exchange stories about their visit to Chester Zoo this morning. The Queen came face-to-face with two critically endangered black rhinos while The Duke was shown the zoo’s Asian elephant herd.

 

The Queen met Semu Pallangyo, manager of the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania. Chester Zoo helps support the sanctuary, which carries out vital work to try and conserve one of the world’s most critically endangered species.

 

The Queen waves to the excited crowds gathered at Chester Zoo.

 

The Queen enjoys a ride on Chester Zoo’s monorail as her diamond jubilee tour visited the conservation charity this morning.