Applause as Queen arrives at Sheffield station

The Queen accepts flowers from Linda Mitchell at Sheffield railway station, watched by Lord Lieutenant David Moody. Picture: Beth Smith.
The Queen accepts flowers from Linda Mitchell at Sheffield railway station, watched by Lord Lieutenant David Moody. Picture: Beth Smith.
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Applause broke out at Sheffield railway station as the waiting crowd got their first glimpse of the Queen today.

The Queen and Prince Philip arrived by royal train – hauled by a locomotive in a special Diamond Jubilee livery.

They were met by dignitaries when they stepped off the train, including Chief Constable David Crompton, of South Yorkshire Police, and David Moody, the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, in one of his last official engagements as the Queen’s representative in South Yorkshire before his retirment next week.

The Royal couple then strolled past well-wishers to a waiting car outside.

Royal fan Linda Mitchell had been waiting for about an hour to the see the Queen.

The 55-year-old, from Pontefract, West Yorkshire, presented her with a mixed spring bouquet of flowers ‘from Marks & Spencer’.

Linda, who has seen the Queen ‘dozens of times’, said: “She looked brilliant for 89 and the Duke looked brilliant for 93.”

Also waiting to see the Queen were mum Debbie Smith and her family.

Debbie, aged 51, from Beauchief, Sheffield, had only arrived with daughter Katie, aged, 10, to pick up older daughter Beth, when she saw the crowds.

“I was just picking her up and thought all the police doing here.

“This is the first time in my life I have seen the Queen.

Katie, a pupil at S. Anselm’s School in Bakewell, said: “It was very exciting.”

Beth, a student at Fordham University School of Law, in New York, USA, had arrived on a train from Manchester after flying back from university for Easter.

Debbie added: “I don’t which was more exciting, seeing Beth or the Queen.”