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Friday, 03 July 2015

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Crowds delighted to catch a glimpse of William and Kate in Barrow

THE crowds went wild waving Union flags and cheering to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Barrow.

Excited children, parents, grandparents, and even pet dogs, lined outside Barrow shipyard to see Prince William and his pregnant wife, Kate, make their first visit to the town.

Young and old waited outside BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines in the cold, some for more than two hours, just to get a glimpse of the royal couple.

Little ones sat on shoulders to get the best possible view, a group of children displayed their ‘We Love You’ banner, and there was also the sound of a World Cup vuvuzela horn for the occasion.

The chat among the crowd had been about what Kate would be wearing, would she have a baby bump and what the royals might say.

The crowd erupted at the sight of a Range Rover carrying the waving royal couple. The noise grew louder as they stepped outside and smiled and waved.

Ladies remarked that Kate looked stunning in her red Armani coat and black dress, and commented on her warm smile.

The Duke, who is second-in-line to the throne, and the Duchess greeted the waiting dignitaries.

But there was a big sigh from the crowd when the couple then went into the shipyard and did not do a walkabout and collect flowers from the children.

Six-year-old Lucy Rose Bell was just happy to see the “prince and princess” in real life.

The pupil, of Barrow’s Victoria Infant and Nursery School, who waited for more than two hours, said: “Kate is pretty and lovely. I said she would be wearing red and she was. The prince and princess smiled at us. I would like them to call their baby Rosie.”

Lucy’s 21-year-old cousin, Nicole Mawson, of Barrow, said: “It was really nice to see William and Kate in Barrow.

“We didn’t get to speak to them, but we are still really happy just to have seen them.”

Jayne Johnston, of Barrow, went along with her children, Ava, three, and Emma five months, and her mum Margaret Rogerson, 61.

Mrs Johnston, said: “I wanted to bring the kids so they could see a real life prince and princess.

“They gave us a wave and a smile.”

Proud royalist, Mrs Rogerson, said: “Kate looked beautiful, she has a lovely smile.

“I feel a bit disappointed, they didn’t come over.”

Royal fan William Rockliffe, 10, of Grange, who has written to the royal couple and had a reply, was please to get to see them.

Harrison Holmes, 11, of Barrow, who has met the Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry before, did not get to give the couple his gift for their baby – a jack-in-a-box toy.

His mum Jo-anne Holmes, said: “It was nice to see William and Kate in Barrow. If the weather had been nicer they might have walked around. I think William was looking after her.”

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