Historic visit by Queen to Blackburn a huge success

Historic visit by Queen to Blackburn a huge success

VIDEO: Historic visit by Queen to Blackburn a huge success

VIDEO: Historic visit by Queen to Blackburn a huge success

VIDEO: Historic visit by Queen to Blackburn a huge success

VIDEO: Historic visit by Queen to Blackburn a huge success

VIDEO: Historic visit by Queen to Blackburn a huge success

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CHEERS and bells rang out across Blackburn town centre to welcome the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh for one of the most important royal occasions of the year.

Thousands lined the streets, waving flags to welcome the Head of State and her husband, who arrived at Blackburn Railway Station by royal train before making their way the town’s Cathedral for the historic Maundy Thursday service.

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Royalists young and old had spent the morning waiting for the couple, several wearing Union Jack fancy dress, so they could cheer as the royal procession went past.

Some had even been there since the early hours of the morning to get the best vantage point possible to catch a glimpse of the Queen.

Blackburn Citizen: HRH Queen Elizabeth II visits Blackburn Cathedral for Maundy service 17/04/2014

It was the first time in Blackburn’s history the important royal ceremony was held at the cathedral, as well as a first for the county. During the service the Queen presented specially minted Maundy money to the 88 men and 88 women from across Lancashire, who had been nominated for their good Christian works.

It is the only service throughout the year in which the Queen actually travels to meet recipients, an echo of the act of humility Jesus carried out after the Last Supper of washing his disciples feet.

After waving to excited supporters outside the Railway Station, the royal party travelled slowly along the Boulevard and then Church Street, which was thronged with wellwishers.

A fleet of police motorcycles had heralded the Queen’s arrival, as the clergy stood and waited at the West Door, holding bouquets of flowers.

Just behind came three cars carrying dignitaries, including Blackburn mayor Coun Salim Mulla, and the town’s MP Jack Straw. Once the advanced party had been ushered into a side door of the cathedral, the Queen’s claret Rolls Royce pulled up outside, to the roar of cheers from the gathered crowd.

Her Majesty and Prince Philip stepped out of the car where they were greeted by the Bishop of Blackburn Julian Henderson, and the Dean of Blackburn Christopher Armstrong.

The Queen wore a printed woollen dress in cerise, grey and cream designed by Stuart Parvin. Over the top, she had a matching cashmere coat with black buttons down the front.

Her hat, also in a beautiful cerise colour, was designed by Angela K. Silver broaches in the shape of flowers and feathers were pinned to her coat and hat. The monarch topped off her elegant outfit with black patent leather shoes and black gloves.

The royal couple could be seen smiling broadly, and after a brief exchanging of conversation they were led inside. The moving service, which brought some of the Maundy recipients to tears, saw each of the nominated pensioners receive two leather pouches with coins inside.

Blackburn Citizen: HRH Queen Elizabeth II visits Blackburn Cathedral for Maundy service 17/04/2014

The tradition, which dates back around 700 years, involved the Queen handing over the Maundy money to people who had given up their time to help their communities. Eighty eight men and 88 women were chosen to signify the Queen’s age.

After the hour long service, the Cathedral bells rang out once more and the Yeomen of the Guard started to take their places outside the Cathedral’s West Door. More Beefeaters lined up to form two lines on either side of the building’s door.

Next came the Maundy children, four local youngsters who took part in the service, and the clergy, closely followed by the Queen and Prince Philip, all holding flowers.

The party posed in front of the assembled group of photographers for official pictures, before the royal couple got back into their Rolls Royce and were driven away to Ewood Park for lunch with 98 invited guests from across Lancashire, including local dignitaries.

Prior to the meal the Queen held a private reception with Bishop and other leading members of the clergy.

As they passed through the crowds, the Queen smiled and wave to people, who waved flags and cheered loudly.

It was agreed by all that the occasion had been a great success and that Blackburn had done the royals proud.

Coun Mulla, who later enjoyed lunch sat next to the Queen, said: “It was an absolutely amazing day, it is one I will never forget.

“I’m on such a high after that experience, it was an incredible day for this town.

“From the service with so many local people being recognised for their work, to the fantastic lunch and the chance to speak for so long with the Queen, every minute was one to remember.”

Coun Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said she spoke to the Duke about the work that was being done to renovate the town centre. 

She said: “It was a fantastic day and it was a great honour for Blackburn.

“I was telling Prince Philip the Boulevard is being transformed and he said the hoardings looked interesting.

“It is difficult times with the renovations going on, but it showed Blackburn is still on the up and there is a lot happening.”

Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “The Queen was amazing. I was watching her going down to speak to all of the beneficiaries and she had a smile for each one of them. It was extraordinary.

“I think it is fantastic for the town to host the Maundy service. The place has been buzzing in anticipation and will carry on buzzing.

“She was given the warmest of Lancashire welcomes.”

The Rt Rev Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, said: “It was incredibly humbling for me to be involved with this service and a massive privilege. To welcome the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to the Cathedral is something I’ll never forget.

“My predecessor never got the chance to do that, and in my first year it has fallen on me to do this Maundy service.

“It is a fantastic day for Lancashire and especially for the 176 people who were recognised for their service over the years.

“I spoke to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh briefly. It is a nice day for them, usually it is people going to the Palace for awards, but this is the one day a year when they come to their people.”

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9:25am Fri 18 Apr 14

mark anthony says...

Prince Philip. Says the hoarding look interesting.........
......he's always the one for a laugh and a joke. On a serious note all leading council official's Easter breaks have been cancelled meetings are in place to discuss how to recoup the money which helped fund the special occasion . When the Queen presented the traditional maundy money. One official quoted "is that it" !!!
Prince Philip. Says the hoarding look interesting......... ......he's always the one for a laugh and a joke. On a serious note all leading council official's Easter breaks have been cancelled meetings are in place to discuss how to recoup the money which helped fund the special occasion . When the Queen presented the traditional maundy money. One official quoted "is that it" !!! mark anthony
  • Score: 19

9:30am Fri 18 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Maybe Venkys will throw a bob or 2 in the pot before they go back to the promised land ! ! Lol
Maybe Venkys will throw a bob or 2 in the pot before they go back to the promised land ! ! Lol ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 16

9:30am Fri 18 Apr 14

Ex-Darrener says...

It was a great honour for Blackburn to have the Queen in town and especially at Rovers but doesn't it say it all about the road system and folly of closing Church Street in the first place that it had to be reopened to get the Royal car to the Cathedral. If it had had to take road open to the ordinary folk, she would probably still be on her way now.
It was a great honour for Blackburn to have the Queen in town and especially at Rovers but doesn't it say it all about the road system and folly of closing Church Street in the first place that it had to be reopened to get the Royal car to the Cathedral. If it had had to take road open to the ordinary folk, she would probably still be on her way now. Ex-Darrener
  • Score: 23

9:44am Fri 18 Apr 14

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) says...

mark anthony wrote:
Prince Philip. Says the hoarding look interesting.........

......he's always the one for a laugh and a joke. On a serious note all leading council official's Easter breaks have been cancelled meetings are in place to discuss how to recoup the money which helped fund the special occasion . When the Queen presented the traditional maundy money. One official quoted "is that it" !!!
One official quoted " is that it "....to which came the reply.. " ask don't get , don't ask , don't want ,
[quote][p][bold]mark anthony[/bold] wrote: Prince Philip. Says the hoarding look interesting......... ......he's always the one for a laugh and a joke. On a serious note all leading council official's Easter breaks have been cancelled meetings are in place to discuss how to recoup the money which helped fund the special occasion . When the Queen presented the traditional maundy money. One official quoted "is that it" !!![/p][/quote]One official quoted " is that it "....to which came the reply.. " ask don't get , don't ask , don't want , :-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)
  • Score: -13

1:55pm Fri 18 Apr 14

FCBurnley says...

The Queen in Claret ! Brilliant
The Queen in Claret ! Brilliant FCBurnley
  • Score: -13

6:16pm Fri 18 Apr 14

mark anthony says...

FCBurnley wrote:
The Queen in Claret ! Brilliant
I must be coloured blind. Looks like plum to me
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: The Queen in Claret ! Brilliant[/p][/quote]I must be coloured blind. Looks like plum to me mark anthony
  • Score: -11

6:19pm Fri 18 Apr 14

mark anthony says...

mark anthony wrote:
FCBurnley wrote:
The Queen in Claret ! Brilliant
I must be coloured blind. Looks like plum to me
Mind you if you take your head out your sisters ar@@ you will see
[quote][p][bold]mark anthony[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: The Queen in Claret ! Brilliant[/p][/quote]I must be coloured blind. Looks like plum to me[/p][/quote]Mind you if you take your head out your sisters ar@@ you will see mark anthony
  • Score: -13

7:53pm Fri 18 Apr 14

english rose 1 says...

I can confirm that the Venky's stayed until the end of the meal and didnot leave after 65 minutes !
I can confirm that the Venky's stayed until the end of the meal and didnot leave after 65 minutes ! english rose 1
  • Score: 13

11:40am Sat 19 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

Great to see the crowds out for the Queen. And the reason for her visit should be a sober reminder to many that this is still a Christian country with Christian values.
Great to see the crowds out for the Queen. And the reason for her visit should be a sober reminder to many that this is still a Christian country with Christian values. happycyclist
  • Score: -12

1:54pm Sat 19 Apr 14

slants says...

what a parasite bring on the guillotine.
what a parasite bring on the guillotine. slants
  • Score: 13

2:48pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Graham Hartley says...

happycyclist wrote:
Great to see the crowds out for the Queen. And the reason for her visit should be a sober reminder to many that this is still a Christian country with Christian values.
Are we given this reminder often enough? Eight years since the monarch's last visit to Blackburn and two thousand and fourteen years since the birth of Jesus -surely as good a reminder as any that the world is Christian - if one reads the right book.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Great to see the crowds out for the Queen. And the reason for her visit should be a sober reminder to many that this is still a Christian country with Christian values.[/p][/quote]Are we given this reminder often enough? Eight years since the monarch's last visit to Blackburn and two thousand and fourteen years since the birth of Jesus -surely as good a reminder as any that the world is Christian - if one reads the right book. Graham Hartley
  • Score: -12

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