Flag waving youngsters thrilled when they caught a glimpse of Duke of Edinburgh during his visit to Burnley

These flag waving youngsters could not have realised at the time they were experiencing a momentous day in history when the Duke of Edinburgh, whose death was announced today,  visited Burnley in 2012.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 4:35 pm

Thousands turned out for the historic day when Prince Philip accompanied the Queen and Prince Charles to Burnley where they enjoyed a tour of the regenerated Weavers' Triangle area.

One of the highlights of the visit was a trip along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal on board the 'Pride of Sefton' barge.

Hundreds of schoolchildren lined the streets, in and around the town centre, to catch a glimpse of the royal car. There was a real buzz of excitement in the air as many people decked themselves out in patriotic red, white and blue colours waving Union Jack flags.

A day to remember, when Prince Philip visited Burnley in 2012, for (left to right) Charlie Martin ( six) Libby Norwood ( six) Grace Astin (seven) and Oscar Martin (four)

The Duke, who was 99, was the longest-serving consort in British history.

The Duke and the Queen were married for more than 70 years and Philip dedicated decades of his life to royal duty, serving the nation at the monarch's side. He officially retired from public engagements in the summer of 2017.

The Palace said in a statement: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Burnley Express reader Lindsay Wilkinson captured this fantastic image of the Duke of Edinburgh as the royal car passed through Burnley town centre during his visit in 2012
An image that captured the day of the royal visit to Burnley when Libby Norwood (left) and her pal Summer Moorhouse took a break while they waited for the Queen the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles to arrive