The date was May 24, 2007, and Queen Elizabeth paid her fourth visit to Huddersfield.

And the monarch was again welcomed by huge crowds, both at the University of Huddersfield campus in Queensgate and in St George’s Square.

The university was invited to host a civic lunch, welcoming the monarch to the town, and it was provided by Asian food specialists, the Mumtaz group.

The three-course meal, described as ‘fit for a queen’, included traditional Kashmiri starters and desert, and a selection of main-courses dishes which included a dish of lamb and spinach, karahi okra, paneer shahi, and karahi murgh makhani.

During her visit, the Queen unveiled a foundation stone for the institution’s new Creative Arts Building.

“We are very proud that the university was chosen as the venue for the civic lunch,” said the university’s vice-chancellor, Prof Bob Cryan. “As part of her visit, Her Majesty kindly agreed to unveil the foundation stone for our new flagship building for the creative arts.”

The highlight of the trip for many was an appearance by the Queen in St George’s Square and a performance by the world-renowned Huddersfield Choral Society and the orchestra of Opera North.

They played Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from The Messiah; Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’, (which was sung during the Queen’s Coronation); and Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves.

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Many in the crowd had waited for hours to catch a glimpse of the Royal visitor.

Early birds were Asleigh Bray from Marsden, Charlotte Armitage from Honley and Emma King from Holmfirth. Asked why they’d come to see the Queen, the girls were in no doubt: “It’s a once in a lifetime chance!”

The Royals had come to enjoy a very special preview of The People’s Prom - a free concert which the whole of the town was invited to watch was to take place on Thursday evening.

But first there was time for a Royal walkabout to the delight of the crowd.

There was, however, also a major security scare.

A man armed with an axe was detained by plainclothes police officers minutes before the Queen arrived in the Square.

Daniel Bleazard, of Adelphi Road, Marsh, was later jailed for six years by a judge who told him he was a “deeply disturbed man”.

The judge also said he believed Bleazard wanted to provoke a reaction from the armed police.