They had waited ten long years for it - but when it came the people of West Yorkshire turned out in their thousands for the Queen's first official visit to the city of Leeds for a decade. She had not been to the city since her Golden Jubilee in 2002.
She is now celebrating sixty years on the throne of course. But while the Queen was the centre of attention it was one young poet who almost stole the show. This report from Chris Kiddey
The crowds have been out in force today for the Queen's first official visit to Leeds for a decade. Her first port of call was the city's new arena - due to open next Spring. But it was a little nine year old poet called Aleesha who almost stole the show. Chris Kiddey reports.
Nine-year-old Aleesha Cantrell stole the show when the Queen came to Leeds today.
Aleesha, a pupil at Little London Community Primary School, read a poem she'd written to welcome the Queen and Prince Philip to the new Leeds arena.
After meeting her Majesty she said, "The Queen looked really nice but I thought she would be taller."