The Queen's tour of the three Baltic States - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia - came to an end today. Whilst there she was given a warm welcome by crowds of people waving the Union Jack.

America's Head of State - Gaorge Bush - is visiting Estonia and Latvia next month and the locals who turned out to greet the Queen there this week maintain that Bush will not get the same warm welcome.

It was the Queen's first ever visit to the Baltic States, and the locals there seemed to love her.

Fond farewell for Queen as she ends her Baltic tour

20th October 2006

The Queen's tour of the Baltics came to an end today as she headed home following her first visit to the former Soviet republics.

More than 10,000 people packed into a picturesque square in Estonia's capital Tallinn to catch a glimpse of the monarch despite the bitterly cold weather.

It was the warmest welcome of her whirlwind trip to Eastern Europe by far, coming on the coldest day.

Well-wishers shivered as they gathered in the open air with temperatures hovering around 5C.

A huge cheer erupted from the crowd as the Queen, dressed in a peach coat with brown fur edging and cuffs, arrived for an open-air concert.

Locals maintained that US President George Bush is unlikely to get the same treatment when he flies into Estonia next month, prior to the Nato Summit in Latvia.

Piret Vosu, 30, said: "The Queen seems like a really sweet person. She's not threatening, like other heads of state.

"We've got Bush coming here next month. I doubt that so many people will come to see him."

Her thoughts were echoed by 17-year-old student Jyri Prikko.

"The Queen is much more important than Bush. She is a symbol of peace. He's a symbol of war."

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who headed back to the UK from Tallinn, travelled to Lithuania, then Latvia and Estonia on a trio of state visits aimed at strengthening British links with the countries, which joined the EU and Nato just two years ago.

Over four-and-a-half days, the 80-year-old monarch and 85-year-old Philip have kept to a busy schedule.
The Queen has seen three presidents, capitals and town squares, two House of the Blackheads, had one state lunch and two state banquets, given three speeches and inspected three guards of honour.

The Queen's tour of the Baltics came to an end today as she headed home following her first visit to the former Soviet republics.

It is the Queen's first visit to the Baltic States.

An excited Queen peers out of the window of her plane after it touches down in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius at the start of her Baltic tour.

The Queen visits the Occupation Museum in Riga, Latvia, viewing a reconstruction of a Gulag before listening to a children's choir.

The Queen chats to a blind member of a band at a reception in Riga, Latvia.

Wearing a glittering suit, the Queen delivers a speech during dinner at Blackheads House in Riga.

The Queen inspects the guard of honour alongside Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga after her arrival at Riga Castle.

The Queen wears a white beaded gown as she receives guests at a state banquet held at the House of Brotherhood of Black Heads in Tallinn, Estonia.