Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne in Kendal, 2013
It was 17th July 2013 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visited Kendal, Cumbria. It was a warm, sunny day and hundreds of people lined Stricklandgate and the Market Place in the town waiting to see the Queen and Princess Anne.
They travelled together and arrived just after 10:30am in one of the Bentley State Limousines.
Painted in claret and black, the car is one of a pair of official state cars which were manufactured by Bentley as a gift for Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002. The vehicles are modified versions of Bentley's Arnage R and are more powerful, longer, taller and wider than a standard Bentley Arnage. Both cars are kept in the Royal Mews.
A Fijian soldier, Sergeant Rusiate Bolavucu, representing the Burma Company, part of the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster Regiment confused onlookers by briefly sitting down after meeting the Queen. The act is seen a mark of respect in Fiji. Princess Anne met with members of the regiment too.
The Queen was presented with flowers from some of the school children and she joked with one young schoolgirl that she hoped her new great grandchild would hurry up and arrive before she went on holiday. (Prince George, the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was born five days later on 22nd July at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London).
On their tour of South Lakeland the Queen and Princess Anne later visited The James Cropper paper factory in Burneside, Bowness Pier and Brockhole Estate as well as being given a boat tour of Windermere.
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