Whilst the world waits with bated breath for the new Royal baby to arrive, Her Majesty the Queen and the Princess Royal visited Kendal.
People from Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding district travelled to Kendal to see her.
Throngs of people lined the streets, some arriving first thing in the morning to ensure the best viewing spot.
Members of the Armed Forces, Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron, Mayor of Kendal Councillor Sylvia Emmott, schoolchildren, mums and dads, teenagers, and OAPs were all there to welcome the Queen to the town.
As the Queen drew up in her chaffeur driven vehicle adorned with the Royal crest, the crowds went wild cheering and clapping.
One young girl, on seeing the Queen in her emerald green outfit, shouted: “She looks adorable!”
The Lasscock family from Perth, Australia, had put off a trip to Edinburgh to see the Queen and arrived in Kendal at 7.30am to ensure they got a good view.
Harper Lasscock, aged four, was able to present the Queen with a bouquet of flowers, something her family said she will remember for the rest of her life.
Harper’s grandmother Judy, who was there with husband Geoff and son and daughter-in-law Ryan and Liz, said with tears in her eyes: “It’s been a dream come true. It has to be a massive thing to see the Queen up close. We’re delighted our granddaughter got to present a bouquet to the Queen.”
Amelia Nicholl, aged nine, from Stramongate School in Kendal, and Harry Coward, aged eight, from Vicarage Park School, Kendal, were able to present posies to the Queen after being picked to represent schools across the town.
Harry said: “I’m happy to present the flowers to the Queen.”
Susan Bond, 37, from Lancaster, said: “It’s great to see the Queen here, this is the first time I’ve seen her in Kendal. They both looked very smart and the Queen is looking so well for her age. I was thrilled to see her and the Princess Royal.”
Peter Taylor, 86, from Kendal, a staunch Royalist who waited for half an hour to see the Queen, said: “It’s a marvellous thing for Kendal. I came the last time she visited.”
Polly Miah, 25, of Kirkby Lonsdale, said: “My daughter Jessica and I couldn’t sleep the night before seeing the Queen because we’ve been so excited.”
The Gibson family from Morecambe, including mum Karen, daughter Lucy and granddaughter Isla, arrived at 7am to ensure they got a good view.
Karen said: “We love the Royal family and it’s so fantastic to see her in the flesh. I loved her outfit as well, she looked so smart.”
Kendal Town Councillor Philip Walker said: “I love everything about the Royal Family. I gave her (the Queen) some Kendal mint cake. It’s been a great experience for so many people in Kendal.”
Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron said: “We are all massively excited and crowds are ten deep. “It is a wonderful community event that the young people will remember for the rest of their lives.
“It is a great honour to have her here.”
The Royal party were in Kendal town centre mid-morning, the James Cropper papermaking mill late-morning, and Bowness-on-Windermere early afternoon.
David Sykes, Director People and Places, South Lakeland District Council, said: “The visit will bring a major boost to South Lakeland. The eyes of the world will be on Kendal and Bowness on Windermere. It is an opportunity to showcase everything that is wonderful about our area.
“I am sure our local residents and businesses will provide a tremendous welcome for Her Majesty.”
Superintendent Mark Pannone said: “This is a wonderful day for South Lakeland and I hope everyone who comes along has a safe and enjoyable day.”