THE Queen was in Hampshire for one of the biggest social highlights of the year.

The Monarch and Prince Philip arrived in Romsey for the society wedding of the year.

The Honourable Alexandra Knatchbull, the daughter of Lord and Lady Brabourne, tied the knot with her fiancé Thomas Hooper in the town on Saturday.

Crowds gathered outside Romsey Abbey to watch the Royals arrive - including Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

Roads around the Abbey are shut and security stepped up as members of Royal families from across the world descend on the town for the ceremony.

Speculation had been rife as to who would be sat on the pews of the Abbey as the town looked forward to celebrating the “special day”.

Alexandra is the third cousin to the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.

Prince Philip, is a former riding partner of 33-year-old Alexandra’s mother, Penelope and the two competed together in competition.

Lord Brabourne, Norton Knatchbull, the eighth Baron Brabourne is one of six godparents to Prince William and himself is the godson of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Although it is considered a private engagement, roads in the town centre were closed when the VIPs passed through town.

Members of royal houses from Spain, Greece, Norway and Saudi Arabia were among those expected to attend the service.

Alexandra is a goddaughter of Princess Diana and a third cousin twice removed of the Queen. 

Rev Canon Tim Sledge, who led the service, said the bride and her family were looking forward to the big day.