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The Queen's visit to Derbyshire

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 11, 2014

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The Queen was greeted in Matlock with the enthusiastic cheers of hundreds of schoolchildren.

Flags suddenly waved ferociously and smiles grew wider and wider.

Her Majesty was here – and the many hundreds of children and adults gathered in the station car soon let the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, know how thrilled they were.

As the Royal couple came into view, the noise decibels reached fever-pitch.

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“Hello Your Majesty!” shouted one schoolgirl from the nearby All Saints CofE Primary School, who was overjoyed when the Queen looked over and waved.

A classmate evidently felt the Duke of Edinburgh was missing out on the limelight, so he cried: “Hello Prince Philip!”

The young lad was instantly rewarded with a warm smile from the Duke.

Although the experience was only a few short minutes, the memories will last a lifetime.

Pupils from All Saints CoE Primary School, in Matlock, were buzzing with excitement afterwards.

James Hirst, eight, described the experience as “awesome”.

He said: “I got to speak to The Duke. He asked me ‘where do you live’ and I told him Matlock. He was kind. The Queen looked at me too.”

Max Fairbrother, also eight, spoke to The Duke as well and said the Royal was in good humour. Max said: “He asked me ‘why aren’t you in school, should you not be working?’ He was very nice.”

And Theo Donaldson, who like James and Max is in year three, said: “The Queen spoke to me. She said hello and asked what school I go to. It was amazing to meet her. She was wearing blue which is my favourite colour.”

There was a single-aircraft flyover during the Royal visit, which impressed Matthew Griffiths. The eight-year-old said: “It was amazing. The fly-over was really good.”

Fellow year three pupil Rohan Haddon-Brown said: “The fly-over was really loud and made me jump.

“It was fantastic. I liked the Queen’s cars the most.”

Classmate Lucas Bennett said he liked the Queen’s pale blue outfit. “She looked beautiful,” he said.

Afterwards, the school’s head teacher Caroline Newton said it had been a terrific day for the pupils.

She said: “It’s been an amazing experience for them. They’ve been so excited and we’ll be doing loads of projects about the Queen in the months ahead.”

Among those chosen to meet the Queen was eight-year-old Maggie Young, of Walton-on-Trent.

The youngster was put forward for the honour by her grandfather, Colonel John Wilson OBE, who is the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire.

Speaking minutes before presenting flowers to the Queen, young Maggie said: “I’m really excited!“

Maggie’s mum Lisa Young added: “We’re very lucky. We’re 100% royalists and it’s a great honour for Maggie.

“I think the amount of people who have turned out shows how popular and relevant the Queen still is.”

Also in the crowd were 11 young musicians from Highfields School, in Matlock. Their task was to play up-tempo music as the Queen walked towards the Royal car, which took the Queen and Prince Philip to the John Smedley factory for a tour.

The school orchestra’s coordinator Wendy Crady said: “It’s a great honour for the students. They’ve been really excited.”

After touring the John Smedley factory, the Royal couple visited Chatsworth House.

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