The Earl and Countess of Wessex visit Gloucestershire
INSPIRATIONAL young people were given a right royal pat on the back when the Earl and Countess of Wessex came to the county.
Around 90 students from Christ Church Primary School waved flags and gave a big welcome to Edward and Sophie as they arrived at the University of Gloucestershire.
Amelie Neveu, six, and classmate Oscar Mangan, 10, presented the royal couple with a bunch of orange and pink flowers along with a book of pictures from the school's own jubilee celebrations.
Oscar said: "I saw the prince and he said our book was very nice and asked what lessons I had missed to come here."
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Amelie added: "She really liked the flowers. She looked very pretty."
Art teacher Carolyn King said they were interested in their book of photographs.
She said: "They looked through the pictures and even recognised some of the children in the crowd."
Stephen Marston, vice chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, said: "This has been about showing off the university, but also has given us a chance to bring together people from across Gloucestershire."
Flowers Brass Band, owners of motorcycles manufactured by Gloucester company Cotton and dancers from the English Bicknor School entertained the pair and Lord-Lieutenant Dame Janet Trotter.
They also met Korean War veterans and those who were celebrating 60th anniversaries of friendship or marriage in the jubilee year.
Mike Taylor, owner of a Cotton motorcycle, talked to the prince about the vintage goggles on the crash helmet.
He said: "They were a really nice couple and just very down to earth."
Later in the day, after attending the Echo's Heart of Gloucestershire Community Awards, the royal couple headed to Gloucester Cathedral.
Among those being presented to them was seven-year-old Woodmancote school pupil Rosie Davies, who won The Echo's Queen's Diamond Jubilee schools portrait competition.
On the way into the cathedral, she presented them with a card for the Queen made out of he winning picture.
Both Prince Edward and his wife looked visibly moved, and the Prince told Rosie her design was "fantastic".