Aldershot 's strong bond with the Monarchy was marked with a double celebration on Saturday as thousands of residents lined the streets for an almighty parade .

Clutching Union Jack flags, large crowds gathered in the town centre for the biennial Victoria Day parade - this year also celebrating the Queen ’s 90th birthday.

There was live music in Princes Gardens, more than 30 stalls in Union Street and Wellington Street, a classic car show, Punch and Judy performances and fairground stalls.

The Grand Parade, with more than 800 people taking part, started from Princes Hall at around 11am, featuring military personnel, marching bands, community groups, schools and classic vehicles.

For the first time, the parade had been organised by Rushmoor Borough Council in conjunction with a residents’ group.

It also included Scout and Guide groups, local Normandy veterans aboard an open-top bus, Nepali dancers in traditional dress and schoolchildren in Victorian costumes.

Councillor David Clifford, leader of Rushmoor Borough Council , said: “We were delighted to see so many local residents turn out for what was a special day in Aldershot town centre.

“The atmosphere was superb and it was good to see everyone enjoying themselves and having a good time.

"We are very grateful for the involvement of local residents in organising the parade and making it a real success.

“We are really proud of Aldershot’s strong connection with the Monarchy going back to Queen Victoria’s day and we enjoy marking that link in a patriotic and fun way that brings out the best in people.”

This year’s event was sponsored by Grainger, the development manager behind the 3,850 Wellesley development, as well as Specsavers and Aspire Defence.