As the Queen’s visit to Corby brought cheers from the thousands watching, reporter Ian Burbidge was in the crowds to speak to dedicated onlookers.
Peter Lanning, 63, of London Road, Kettering, was waiting for thee Queen for more than six hours.
He said: “I got down here at 9am because I wanted to beat the rush.
“It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity, the Queen probably won’t come to Corby again in her lifetime.
“It’s been hard waiting for so long, but the atmosphere has been really good, we’ve been drinking, talking, and waving flags.
“It was worth the wait in the end.”
Sacha Small, 40, of Essex, is a member of the Grampian Corby Pipe Band, and drove up to Corby to play with the rest of the band.
He said: “We did a guard of honour for the Queen and it was such a privalege to play for her.
“It’s been a really enjoyable day and everyone seemed to be in the spirit.”
Other patriotic onlookers were delighted to catch a glimpse of the Queen.
Jenny Nicholson, 76, of Horsham Walk, Corby, said: “I saw the Queen twice in the 60s so I’ve been waiting over 40 years for this.
“I managed to see her and she looked lovely, but she always does.
“It’s absolutely wonderful to see so many people out here to see her.”
Carol Dunn, 54, of Cecil Drive, Corby, said: “I’ve seen the Queen before when she came to the town in the 60s and my parents have also seen her.
“So it’s a bit like continuing a family tradition. I think today is fantastic for Corby.
“I saw her give the crowd a wave.”
Other members of the public came from further afield to see the Queen.
Maureen Mahony, 73, from Wootton, Northampton, said: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity so I made sure I was here.
“I brought my grandchild along as her school, Oakley Vale Primary gave the children the afternoon off.
“It’s not often something like this happens in a town like Corby, and it’s been a wonderful day.”
Sheri Brown, 43, of Binder Close, Higham Ferrars, said: “I managed to get a couple of picture of the Queen.
“It was lovely to see her.
“My daughter was stewarding at the event and was really excited about it.”