Huddersfield teachers Alison Bray and Bev Firbanks were back in the classroom today - enthralled by a weekend of Royal partying.

The pair were special guests at the Queen’s birthday bash - securing front-row seats outside St Paul’s Cathedral and a top table for Sunday’s Patron’s Lunch in The Mall.

Indeed, the pair found themselves just yards from the gates of the Palace for the lunch, which was attended by 10,000 people who were still singing and smiling despite the heavy rain of the morning.

Alison Bray was captured on TV as she sang the National Anthem at the Patrons' Lunch in The Mall
Alison Bray was captured on TV as she sang the National Anthem at the Patrons' Lunch in The Mall

Alison, who teaches at St Joseph’s RC School in Dalton, and Bev, a teacher at Kirkheaton Primary School, are both ardent Royalists and were determined to be in the heart of the celebrations in London.

Both were invited by the BBC to join their outside broadcast team from St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday and got to chat live on Radio 5 about the day.

Alison also met Royal reporter Jenny Bond.

Royal fan Alison Bray (right) with Royal correspondent Jenny Bond
Royal fan Alison Bray (right) with Royal correspondent Jenny Bond

The friends were also in the crowd for Saturday’s historic Trooping of the Colour ceremony.

The pair have been staunch Royal fans for many years and have been in the crowds for numerous Royal celebrations, including weddings and births, over the years.

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Alison said: “We had an amazing time. The atmosphere was amazing. So many more people than last year.

“We managed to find a brilliant place to see the Trooping of the Colour.

“We went to see the Royal Family on the balcony and we were very emotional seeing them. We felt like it was all surreal.

Royal fans Bev Firback (left) and Alison Bray outside Buckingham Palace

“At the Patrons Lunch it was very wet, however everyone was very happy.

“We had a table for our lunch right by the Royal Box, how lucky are we!

Our Royal luck just gets better. It’s unbelievable.”