Lancashire had their date with Royalty at Buckingham Palace today when they met HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.
Victorious captain Glen Chapple introduced his squad and the club's backroom staff as they were officially presented with the County Championship trophy and their individual medals.
A party of 52, including wives and partners, made the short trip across from the Lord's Taverners Headquarters to Buckingham Palace after a lunchtime reception also attended by Kent Ladies, ECB chief executive David Collier and luminaries such as Angela Rippon and Barry Norman, both who are heavily involved with the Taverners.
The Duke chatted to the Red Rose players as he presented them with their medals and also again afterwards in one of the Palace's reception rooms.
"It is an amazing honour to be here. It is a great reward for all the hard work and effort that all the lads and all of the backroom staff have put in during what has been a stunning year for us," said skipper Chapple.
Chapple and coach Peter Moores also picked up the Championship pennant, which will fly proudly at Old Trafford.
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh
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