Lancashire's LV= County Championship triumph will be given the royal seal of approval today when they are officially presented with the trophy by the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace
Glen Chapple and the Lancashire party at Picadilly Station this morning
The Red Rose county, who were crowned as the outright kings of English cricket last month for the first time since 1934, will meet the Duke, who is patron of the Lord's Taverners club.
Prince Philip hosts the county champions each year, and will present the trophy and the players' medals.
Fast bowler Sajid Mahmood has admitted that he "can't wait": "I've never been to the Palace before," said the 29 year-old, capped eight times by England in Test cricket.
"I met the Queen at Loughborough once when she came to open the National Cricket Centre. I was at the Academy at the time, so I got to meet her. It was really good. But to get to go to Buckingham Palace will be a fantastic day for the lads.
"To get officially presented with the trophy down there will be something for us to remember."
Lancashire are taking a party of approximately 50, which will include opening batsman Paul Horton and England Test star Jimmy Anderson. Horton, who also attended the civic reception at Manchester Town Hall on Monday night, has flown back from Zimbabwe to enjoy the celebrations. The opening batsman is currently in the midst of his second winter of first-class cricket with the Matabeleland Tuskers.
"I think he's got a bit of a crush on the Queen," quipped Mahmood. "But, seriously, it shows the team spirit that we've got that he's willing to come back especially to share in our big day."
Batting all-rounder Steven Croft said: “It should be a really good week of celebrations for us with the Player of the Year dinner next week as well. The palace, in particular, will be a very proud moment for us all.
“The lads have had a few weeks off to rest, and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to a good catch-up over those few days.”
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh
Article (c) Lancashire CCC