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Memories of the Queen: 'I'm a fanatic royal'

Howard Armstrong walked from Cummersdale to Carlisle, to see Queen Elizabeth on her visit in 1958.

Howard Armstrong Credit: ITV Border

He was eleven at the time, and went on to work on the Royal Train for the British Transport Police.

His fascination with the Royal Family continues today:

I'd gone into Woolworths to buy a Union flag to wave and it was fantastic because we saw right close up. Where I was standing was beside the fence, the barrier, and the royal car came right down, it was a glass backed car, and it was fantastic, a fabulous day.

I'm a fanatic royal. Well I'm saying that, I'm not, I don't go out of my way to see them, but if the Queen was to come back to Carlisle I'd be one of the first in the queue."

– Howard Armstrong

Crowds gather for Queen's visit

People are waiting in the car park at the station. Credit: ITV Border

A crowd has gathered in the car park at Tweedbank Station, waiting for the Queen's arrival.

People have been queuing outside the station since around 6am this morning, and were allowed into the car park at 9am.

Queen Elizabeth is expected to arrive at the station at 12:18pm, where she will officially open the new Borders Railway.

People were allowed into the car park from around 9am. Credit: ITV Border

Memories of the Queen: Grace Kelly

Throughout the day we'll be bringing you memories of the Queen from people in our region.

Grace was chosen to present flowers. Credit: Jane Kelly

Jane Kelly and her daughter Grace went to see the Queen in Kendal in 2013.

A security guard lifted Grace over the barrier so that she could present her flowers to the queen in person.

My daughter Grace and I went to see the Queen in Kendal. We went early and bought a same bouquet of red, white and blue flowers.

We waited behind the barrier near the cenotaph.

After a while the Queen's bodyguard came over and asked if Grace would like to give her flowers personally to the Queen.

He lifted her right over the barrier and placed her in the line up. I was very proud of her because she was very shy and also looked after the little ones in the line up."

– Jane Kelly
Grace was chosen to present flowers to the Queen. Credit: Jane Kelly


Scottish Borders prepares for Royal visit

Queen Elizabeth is now the UK's longest serving monarch. Credit: Mary McCartney/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Queen Elizabeth will open the new Borders Railway today, on the day she becomes the UK's longest serving monarch.

The Queen will travel on a train down the new line, passing Stow and Galashiels, and is expected to arrive at Tweedbank Station at 12:18pm.

There, she will unveil a plaque to mark the opening of the Borders Railway.

Her reign has now lasted 70 years.

Service at Carlisle Cathedral to celebrate Queen

The Queen on a previous visit to Cumbria. Credit: ITV Border

A special service will be held at Carlisle Cathedral next week to mark the Queen becoming the nation's longest-reigning monarch.

On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth the second will beat the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years and 216 days.

A choral evensong will be held at 5:30 in Carlisle.

Quintinshill rail disaster tree vandalised

The tree was planted in memory of the Quintinshill rail disaster Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland report that a commemorative tree planted in May this year by HRH Princess Anne at Gretna Green has been cut down sometime overnight Friday 21 August.

The pear tree was planted to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Quintinshill rail disaster.

Constable Andy Aitken of Police Scotland at Gretna said:

it beggars belief that someone has carried out such a wanton act of vandalism.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area of The Green at Gretna Green to get in touch through 101 if they can help."

– Andy Aitken, Police Scotland

Police Constable Ewan Fraser says the police are appealing for information form the public.

The Queen in the Border region: send us your photos

Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Cumbria in 2013 Credit: PA

On September 9, Her Majesty the Queen will have reigned for 63 years and 217 days making her the longest serving Monarch in British History.

To mark this occasion we'd like to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II by sharing your memories of her.

If you have footage you filmed of the Queen during one of her many visits to our region over the last six decades, then we'd like you to get in touch.

Perhaps you have photos or video of the day the Queen came to your school, town or workplace?

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during a royal visit to Whitehaven in 2008 Credit: PA
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