Leonard, 85, can’t wait to meet the Queen again

Crowd eagerly anticipating Her Majesty's arrival
Crowd eagerly anticipating Her Majesty's arrival

Leonard York is really hoping he gets to meet the Queen again today for the second time in his life.

The Corby resident was born within a week of the monarch and once met her in Norfolk.

Waiting in the crowds to see her today, Mr York, wearing a special tie with the England flag on it, said: “I saw her in Norfolk, it was at the caravan club.

“It was quite good really because we are about the same age, within a week or so.

“I am pleased to see so many people here today and all the flags.”

Also getting involved with the Royal visit was leisure assistant at Corby pool Ross Ferguson, 19, who said staff have been very busy ahead of the Queen’s visit to the town.

He said: “We have had a busy day, cleaning and making sure everything is prepared and assisting the police searching the building.

“They searched absolutely everything.”

Also enjoying the atmosphere ahead of the Royal visit was Unjeni Prasad of Corby with her two children who were let out of Exeter Primary School early for the Queen’s visit.

She took along some popcorn to keep them sustained while waiting for Her Majesty.

She said: “I am hoping to see a glimpse of the Queen in person and any others of the Royal Family.

“I haven’t seen any of them in person, but I have been told Kate and Will may be coming.

“I am excited.”

Diane Apperley, 37, of Weinahr Close, Wilbarston, is waiting to see the Queen with her two-year-old son Daniel.

She said: “I think it’s brilliant and we are delighted to have the opportunity to see her.

“There have been some really good developments such as the Cube and the pool which are fantastic assets to have on our doorstep - hopefully the Queen will be impressed by them.”

Hannah Wilkinson, 32, of Glover Court, Middleton, was out with her daughter Sophie, four, and three-month-old son James.

She said: “It’s exciting, it’s not very often you get in such close proximity to the Queen.

“It’s a great opportunity for the children to be part of the atmosphere and hopefully they will remember it for the rest of their lives.”

Adding to the party atmosphere for the crowds is music from the Grampian Pipe Band.

view video footage of the Grampian Pipe Band playing for the crowds in Corby