THESE pictures show the Queen visiting Sussex in the 2013 with Prince Philip, the year after her Diamond Jubilee.

As HRH celebrates her 96th birthday today, The Argus has had a look back at her visits to Sussex over the decades.

The most recent visit that she paid to the county was in October 2013, greeting hundreds of adoring well-wishers. Her tour consisted of four stop-offs.

She and The Duke of Edinburgh visited West Quays Fisheries in Newhaven as the first stop.

The couple were flown in by helicopter around 10.30am before being given a tour of the West Quay Fisheries.

They then spoke briefly with well-wishers before being driven to the next stop of their Sussex tour.

Fisheries boss Ian Bickerstaff, who showed the pair around, said: “What a lovely couple.

"They were so interested in the fish and were asking where they came from and when they were caught.

“It was an honour to have them here.”

The next stop was Harvey's Brewery in Lewes where they received a tour by Mr Jenner and Hamish Elder, from the seventh generation of the Harvey family.

Mr Jenner said staff felt a “tremendous sense of pride” at being chosen by the Palace to take part.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh later graced the YHA South Downs hostel in Beddingham, near Newhaven, to officially open the new £5 million centre.

Prince Philip took particular interest in the ‘glamping’ pods – also known as glamorous camping - before quizzing children about mosquitoes.

He asked: “Is there much trouble with mosquitoes when you’re sleeping in there?”

But Her Majesty soon corrected him: “Not at this time of year there won’t be,” she laughed.

Her Majesty officially opened The Keep, near Falmer, which provides a home for archives and historical resources of East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

Archivists showed the royal delegation maps of Sussex from 179, historic pictures of Eastbourne before it became a resort.

Senior Archivist Chris Whittick said: “They both showed a great interest in what he had shown them and they made most perceptive comments.

“We tried to select documents that would be of interest but not too personal. I think we got the right balance.”