Proud veterans watched performances about Corby in the Cube alongside the Queen.
Able Seaman Gunner Jack Dixon, 86, who served under Prince Philip on HMS Whelp, and Cpl Ray Payne, 88, who was stationed at Windsor Castle when the then Princess Elizabeth moved there to escape the Blitz, were in Corby’s theatre to see the shows, which included a new song about the town this afternoon.
Cpl Payne, of Corby, who also served in Palestine with the Grenadier Guards, said: “It’s a very good boost for the town in present day situation.”
The Duke of Edinburgh was second in command of the battle class destroyer on which Able Seaman Gunner Dixon, also of Corby, served, when it was the first ship into Tokyo on Japan’s surrender.
Able Seaman Dixon said: “It was really good.”
Corby residents were brimming with pride at the great side of the town the monarch saw.
Gary Spence, 52, of Rodney Drive, Corby, said: “I feel very proud to be British and very proud to be from Corby. I’m proud that she has visited Corby.
“It’s a wonderful day for Corby. For the town it means everything.”
David White, 62, of Bancroft Road, Cottingham, who works for Corby Council, said: “I feel very privilged. It’s the first time I have seen her in the flesh.
“It’s a privilege for Corby. I don’t know when she was last here, but it was some time ago.
“The town has been looking forward to it for a little while.”
Some people came further than others to witness the Royal visit.
Rhoda Rogers, a British citizen from Tristan Da Cunha, the ninth most remote island in the world, was over visiting her son in Corby.
More people turned out to see the Queen than live on the island, which is seven days by boat from South Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.
Mrs Rogers said: “I feel good. It was a good experience.”
PCSO Lynn McShannon was among the officers making sure everything went smoothly.
She said: “It was fantastic.”