They say that great art cannot be hurried.

But artists taking part in the En Plein Air (Open Air) Windsor and Eton 2016 competition inside the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday did not have time to look for inspiration.

They had just six and a half hours to create their 'masterpieces' and for the first time the Queen had given consent for the annual competition to be staged in castle grounds.

As the hours ticked by and the pressure mounted more than 8,000 visitors watched the 90 artists paint and draw some of the castle's magnificent architecture and surroundings.

Windsor Castle Superintendent Col Duncan Dewar said: “We were delighted to host the event and it was really enjoyable seeing the artists at work within the castle.”

The competition was open to all artists, professional or amateur. Their canvases were stamped at the start of the day and participants then choose from 10 stunning locations within Windsor Castle including the Moat Garden in which to create their work.

Sarah McAllister and Deborah James from Windsor Contemporary Arts Fair were the judges.

Jennifer Greenland, who had come up from Ashtead, won first prize and the honour of donating her work to the Queen’s collection.

She said: "A real treat of a day. The weather was perfect. It was well organised, the staff were helpful and friendly and there was a lovely atmosphere among all the painters and visitors.

"I am absolutely delighted and I really hope The Queen likes it. A big thank you to everyone who made this day possible.”

Second place went to Linda Matthews of Great Yarmouth and third to Hannah Bruce of Woking.

People’s Choice award went to Massimiliano Muratori, of Langley and special award to young George Couzens, of Windsor.

The Windsor and Eton Town Partnership organised the event.