Lined up in anticipation with their flags clutched and ready to wave, the children from Denby Free CEVA Primary School were looking forward to seeing the Royal visitor – even if they were a little unclear about her name.
Abbie Hayward, ten, admitted she “didn’t know much about her. But I’m looking forward to it. We only just found out about it last Thursday. It’s a nice day out.”
Cara Langford, ten, said: “I have dreamed about seeing a princess my whole life! I can’t believe we’re actually here. I just like the Royal Family - they’re pretty.”
“They’re kind and they’re posh and they’re generous,” added Trinity Barlow, aged ten.
Terrence Piggott, 83, from Birmingham, admitted that he hadn’t made a special trip to Denby. He and 30 other people were visiting the factory as part of a coach trip to Chesterfield. Hilary Girling, 67, from Ipswich, was holidaying in Derbyshire and did come to flag-wave patriotically. “There’s one or two I haven’t got much time for – but I think Anne does a really good job. She’s really hardworking. She’s not just interested in jewellery! She’s down to earth - as much as a Royal can be.”
Peter and Linda Lee, from Kilburn, were also there to express their admiration for the Princess. Linda said: “We like the Royals. Anne goes unrecognised in many respects.”
Barbara Mellors, 61, had travelled over from West Hallam with her mother and sister. She said: “Princess Anne and I were born only three days apart. The midwife told my mum Anne was going to be born first – but I beat her by three days. Anne doesn’t know the story but it’s always been in our family!”
Erin Biggin, 29, was in attendance with her children Bo, three, and Jude, one. Having lived in Oklahoma before moving to Swanwick a year ago, she said: “All Americans are fans of the Royal Wedding.”
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