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The Queen to visit Blackburn in April

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Blackburn Cathedral on April 17 2014. Credit: PA

The Queen will be coming to Lancashire in April to hand out Maundy Money at Blackburn Cathedral.

She will be accompanied by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Every year the Monarch visits a cathedral or abbey to give out Maundy coins to people aged 70 and over in recognition of their service to their community and church.

This year’s visit, on Thursday April 17, will be the first time The Queen has visited Blackburn Cathedral.

Farmer's own baby "Royal Flush"

There's been no escaping all the royal baby talk this summer - but we've got a little bit of a twist on it here at Granada Reports.

A farmer in Wirral is celebrating his own new arrivals.

George, Alexander and Louis have been named in honour of the royal infant Credit: Victoria Grimes
The trio resting at Greenhouse Farm, Wirral Credit: Victoria Grimes

George, Alexander and Louis have been named in honour of the royal infant.

They're pretty special 'babies' too - because they're triplets, and the odds against that are said to be 700 thousand to one.


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Pupil: 'It was really, really exciting' to speak to the Queen

Fay Batey, a pupil at Wiggonby CofE Primary School, who asked the Queen whether she hoped the royal baby was a boy or a girl told reporters it was "really, really exciting" to speak her.

Fay and fellow pupils waved Union flags and cheered as the royal party arrived at the Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre on the shores of Lake Windermere.

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Thousands line the streets to welcome the Queen

Thousands of people lined the streets of Kendal to see the Queen on her visit to the town with the Princess Royal.

They walked around the historic Market Place and met civic officials, cadets, members of the Duke of Lancaster's regiment and the Royal British Legion, before touring a Made in Cumbria stall, where she was presented with local foodstuffs including Kendal Mint Cake.

Among the crowds were visitors from China, Italy and the United States.

The Queen has now left Kendal and is touring the James Cropper paper mill at Burneside.

Later she will take a boat ride on Windermere.


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The Queen and the Princess Royal to visit Cumbria

Her Majesty in Dumfries Credit: ITV

The Queen and the Princess Royal are visiting Cumbria today. It is their second visit to the region this month. They'll start the day in Kendal before a boat trip on Lake Windermere. They'll go onto visit the Brockhole Estate where they'll meet National Park Rangers.

On arrival in Kendal town centre, Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness will meet civic officials, cadets, members of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and members of the Royal British Legion. The Royal Party will then view a selection of produce 'Made in Cumbria' and visit a paper-making mill.

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