PRINCE William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton captured the hearts of the people of East Lancashire today in their last official engagement before their wedding.

Despite awful weather all morning, crowds waited excitedly at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy and Witton Park in Blackburn to see the glamorous royal couple.

And right on cue, after hours of downpours, the sun came out as they stepped from their luxury car for an extended walkabout in the park.

Visit to Darwen

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Visit to Blackburn

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Reporting team

David Watkinson, Nafeesa Shan, Catherine Pye, Simone Yates.

Don't miss tomorrow's Lancashire Telegraph newspaper for in-depth coverage and a full gallery of pictures.