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- Queen in Blackburn for Maundy Thursday Service
- First visit to town since 2006
- Live picture galleries and video
The Royal party ate melon and ham, followed by #Lancashire hot pot, and ginger pudding, cooked by @NigelHaworth. Sounds lovely! #LTQueen— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
We're all very busy now working on a special keepsake to help preserve your memories of this oh-so-regal day #LTQueen— @KatieMercer_LT 17 April 2014
Ohhh, and don't miss our extensive picture gallery. Can you spot yourself in the crowd? CLICK HERE
Happy that we saw The Queen drive pass the Newground office on Bolton Rd this lunch time. #LTQueen #queeninblackburn http://t.co/2ZtdMEzALB— @nwgrndHUB 17 April 2014
The Queen had Lancashire Hotpot ‘with a twist’. Food was described as “excellent” #LTQueen— @TyMarshallLT 17 April 2014
The Queen shakes the hand of Blackburn with Darwen mayor Coun Salim Mulla as she leaves Ewood #LTQueen http://t.co/WxLZqn2sjt— @TyMarshallLT 17 April 2014
It was amazing seeing the queen today! I was involved with the local council in her visit, and I was a traffic marshall. #LTQueen— @L23Y 17 April 2014
The engine is running and officials are ready to take the flag down. The Queen will be leaving shortly #LTQueen http://t.co/rjZtCTCEoR— @TyMarshallLT 17 April 2014
RT @LTHannah: That's my #LTQueen updates finished, but follow @TyMarshallLT at Ewood Park, and see tmrw's souvenir @lancstelegraph for full…— @lancstelegraph 17 April 2014
The Queen remains inside Ewood enjoying her lunch. Meanwhile outside I continue to get colder and colder #LTQueen http://t.co/gdkVEer9t1— @TyMarshallLT 17 April 2014
Accusations that the Queen was wearing claret at the request of her son, @BurnleyOfficial fan Prince Charles, have yet to be proven #LTqueen— @ChrisAdamsLT 17 April 2014
Maundy pensioners having lunch at King George's Hall, with entertainment from local school children. #LTQueen http://t.co/vZ2CumMQ6v— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
PICTURE GALLERY: HRH Queen visits #Blackburn Can you spot yourself in the crowd? http://t.co/ZfZEROxTY8 http://t.co/SxWPLxobGw— @LT_PictureDesk 17 April 2014
Here's the special Maundy money #LTQueen http://t.co/RzZlTsFOe9— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
And this is the £5 coin and the 50p #LTQueen http://t.co/3r0n6c0v3R— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
So for those of you want to see the Maundy money, here are the pouches... #LTQueen
Back in the office after a beautiful Maundy service @bbcathedral. The Queen and I were very coordinated in our fuchsia dresses! #LTQueen— @jesscree 17 April 2014
This is DEFINITELY a picture of the Queen, en route to Ewood Park via Darwen Street. She looks pretty chuffed I'd say http://t.co/17Z9C0ewkk— @ChrisAdamsLT 17 April 2014
Did you take a picture of the Queen? Send us your snaps...
The Queen heads into Ewood Park through the players entrance #LTQueen http://t.co/9tHP6RwAiA— @TyMarshallLT 17 April 2014
Police horses in #Blackurn town centre are attracting attention #LTQueen http://t.co/j0seDrVjjX— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
The Queen has arrived at Ewood Park #LTQueen http://t.co/wpYfomsRtI— @TyMarshallLT 17 April 2014
Also, she definitely smiled and waved at me. #LTQueen— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
Crowds in #Blackburn town centre are slowly dispersing #LTQueen
And the Queen has left the building. Smiles and waves from her and Prince Philip to the gathered crowd. #LTQueen
Here she is getting into the car #LTQueen http://t.co/sh7brEheck— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
Here she is! Smiling for the camera! #LTQueen http://t.co/48Ij6MXnKj— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
RT @MansellAnna: Meanwhile, back inside LT Towers... We have cake! What a beauty, by one of my colleagues #LTQueen http://t.co/PjkVVtsAnl— @lancstelegraph 17 April 2014
Yeomen are trooping out #LTQueen http://t.co/mwdbNnfWIZ— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
Crowds waiting at Ewood Park #queeninblackburn #maundy #LTQueen http://t.co/5QdjwGyFFP— @Cuddy123 17 April 2014
Bells are ringing to signal the end of the service. #LTQueen
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Here's a close up shot of a Beefeater for you all! #LTQueen http://t.co/V7Mvp5IssN— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
What I can reveal for now is that I will be having chicken barms and one of @jesscree’s white chocolate and raspberry muffins #LTQueen— @TyMarshallLT 17 April 2014
Yeomen of the Guard are posing for pictures outside. #LTQueen http://t.co/1Xj6TSbZPS— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
Yeomen are in position! #LTQueen http://t.co/jikbf2R1uD— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
Ten minutes left of the service. Photographers are now getting in position ready for the official photos. #LTQueen
The Blackburn Rovers flag is being raised outside Ewood Park as they await the Queen’s arrival #LTQueen http://t.co/hLCIioMrQ7— @TyMarshallLT 17 April 2014
Maundy Thursday is the only time the Queen travels to people to make awards - normally people come to her. #LTQueen
Doesn't she look great...
The cold isn't putting off the crowds, they're all still very happy and excited here! #LTqueen— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
There will be no address during the service, just two readings, two hymns, and prayers #LTQueen
88 men and 88 women will be receiving Maundy money today. Half will be given out after the 1st reading, half after the 2nd. #LTQueen
RT @Nuts_unlimited: The Queen drives past @blackburnmarket #LTQueen http://t.co/fe22mflvxR— @BBCLancashire 17 April 2014
No crowds at Ewood at the moment, although barriers have been erected near the ground in case the locals come for a look #LTQueen— @TyMarshallLT 17 April 2014
Her Majesty looks amazing in a beautiful purple hat and coat as she arrives in #Blackburn. A politician will never get that welcome #LTQueen— @JackCEsq 17 April 2014
Crowds gathered on Church Street
We were there to wave the queen past as she passed through our golf course #LTqueen http://t.co/bvBHCN5GWe— @MyttonFoldHotel 17 April 2014
Everyone is now inside the Cathedral. Some of the crowds have moved on, but there are plenty of people still here. #LTQueen
Big smiles from The Queen and Prince Philip as they're greeted by the clergy. #LTQueen http://t.co/h2LYiGzNWE— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
If you squint, that's definitely a picture of the Queen #LTqueen http://t.co/oKCVxnyDHV— @ChrisAdamsLT 17 April 2014
Lots of police on motorbikes accompanied the Royal car. #LTQueen http://t.co/I8BquPvduG— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
The Queen has been presented with a white and yellow nosegay. #LTQueen— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
Here's the Royal car! #LTQueen http://t.co/H7sSkdiKMt— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
She's arrived at the Cathedral! #LTQueen— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
Her outfit is not far off claret...
Huge crowds have gathered in Blackburn town centre awaiting the imminent arrival of Her Majesty #LTQueen
RT @KatieMercer_LT: She looks AMAZING. Not a day over 75. #LTQueen http://t.co/uZo1w3pcnm— @kinggeorgeshall 17 April 2014
RT @KatieMercer_LT: She's here!!!!!! #LTqueen http://t.co/Oe0h0d0rvL— @MikeMorrisonLT 17 April 2014
This is the first time #HM The Queen has ever been to #Blackburn Cathedral #LTQueen
Most of @lancstelegraph staff are out on Railway Rd #LTQueen Shame it's cold, grey and windy, unlike last few sunny days #brrrr— @MansellAnna 17 April 2014
FACT: As the Queen is in the palatine county of Lancashire, the 2nd line of the national anthem will be sung as 'God save our gracious Duke' #LTQueen
Clergy are waiting at the Cathedral with a nosegay for the Queen #LTQueen http://t.co/1SPrPuVmzy— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
Staff from the Girly Bits stall in Blackburn Market get into the spirit of things on Church Street #LTqueen
Mafias and Homayra got up early in the holidays so they could come and watch. #LTQueen
Bemused rail travellers. May have picked the wrong day to travel #policechecksgalore! #LTQueen http://t.co/VE0eZxSFSv— @KatieMercer_LT 17 April 2014
Lola, Sarah, Ethan and Mavis are waiting to meet the Queen! #LTQueen
What colour will the Queen be wearing today? We're going for Royal Blue... What do you think?
Don't forget to tweet us your pictures to appear in @lancstelegraph #LTQueen— @LT_PictureDesk 17 April 2014
What will the queen be wearing? Speculation is rife outside the station. To quote a teenager "Shes dead stylish for a granny." #LTqueen— @KatieMercer_LT 17 April 2014
Eileen Eastham, 80, waits to see the Queen for the 3rd time - she's even been inside Buckingham Palace #LTqueen http://t.co/PQ6dEGOwRy— @ChrisAdamsLT 17 April 2014
Crowds starting to gather outside the station. Lots of cold but excited families #LTQueen— @KatieMercer_LT 17 April 2014
More people in #Blackburn ready and waiting! #LTQueen http://t.co/5zL4PJcm8M— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
RT @LTHannah: Crowds in #Blackburn are ready and waiting. Can you spot yourself? #LTQueen http://t.co/84583jDTur— @Gillylancs 17 April 2014
10:11am Thu 17 Apr 14
HOORAH for the queen and all that.
Lots of people already lining the streets to welcome Her Majesty #LTQueen
Kids from St Mary's RC Primary School, Osbaldeston, are looking forward to seeing the Queen.
RT @LawrenceDunhill: God save the........#LTQueen dream team. @KatieMercer_LT @jesscree @LTHannah @ChrisAdamsLT @TyMarshallLT— @TyMarshallLT 17 April 2014
Roads still pretty quiet into #Blackburn, some spaces still available on Morrisons car park.
The bells are ringing in #Blackurn #LTQueen— @jesscree 17 April 2014
Hope the Queen enjoys her visit to @bbcathed today! #LTqueen— @SimoneYates 17 April 2014
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Our reporters Hannah, Chris, Tyrone, Jess and Katie will be out and about today. Who else is going to be there? Tweet using #LTQueen
RT @jesscree: Excitement is building for the Queen's visit to #Blackburn this morning! #LTqueen— @MarketingLancs 17 April 2014
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Today I'll be on Church Street, #Blackburn, covering the Queen's visit to Blackburn Cathedral for the Maundy service. Don't be shy! #LTqueen— @ChrisAdamsLT 17 April 2014
Crowds gathering nicely in Blackburn excited to see their first glimses of the Queen...
Face painting available on the market. #QueeninBlackburn http://t.co/T8xuG1ZmzB— @blackburnmarket 17 April 2014
RT @JonRobinsonLT: A woman from Chipping has been outside Blackburn Train Station since 1am ahead of The Queen's visit today. #LTqueen #Mau…— @stationkiosk 17 April 2014
RT @jesscree: Follow me @KatieMercer_LT @LTHannah @TyMarshallLT @ChrisAdamsLT for updates #LTqueen— @LTHannah 17 April 2014
They will arrive at Blackburn railway station, and will be driven along Railway Road, down Church Street, and onto Darwen Street.
The royals will be making their way by car to Blackburn Cathedral for the special Maundy Thursday service from 10.30am where they will hand out Maundy Money to people from across Lancashire.
Maundy Thursday - also called Holy Thursday, is the beginning of the three day celebration of Easter - the most important time in the year for Christians.
This period ('The Triduum') is one big celebration, remembering the last supper, the crucifixion and the death of Jesus, and the Resurrection to new life.
Edith Pamplin, 79, from Manchester, has been in Blackburn since 8am.
She said: "I'm a royalist and I think why I can, I would like to see the queen.
The Queen and other royals have accepted posy's off me in the past and i'm hoping she will today."
She is also wearing a broach that was worn by a relative for the Queen's coronation.
Mia Stott, 10, from Chipping, arrived at 1am this morning to get the best seat in the house outside the Cathedral cordon. She has travelled with her gran Kath and two great aunts.
Mia has seen the Queen in london but is excited to see her near to her home town.
She said the part she is looking forward to the most is the excitement of seeing her arrive and catching her first glimpse of her.