Durham and Sussex players travelled to Buckingham Palace to pick up their Lord's and Lady Taverners Trophies, the official names for the prizes awarded to the men's and women's LV= County Championship winners.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was on hand to present captains Paul Collingwood and Arran Brindle with the silverware on the 30th anniversary of the Lord's Taverners and Lady Taverners trophies being awarded to the county champions.
Prince Philip is the patron and '12th man' of the Lord's Taverners, the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.
Collingwood and Brindle were joined by their team-mates at the Lord's Taverners before their trip to Buckingham Palace.
"It’s been a good year but a tough one - I’ve told them to all go away and improve as we want to win this next year as well," Collingwood said.
"Huge thanks to The Lord’s Taverners for hosting us for such a special occasion and hopefully we’ll be making the return journey next year."
Brindle added: "On behalf of Sussex I’d like to thank The Lord’s Taverners for their excellent hospitality and congratulate Paul and his team on their Championship victory.
"We’ve been on an incredible journey this year, having to cope with injuries to key players, but we were able to bring in some really good youngsters who really flourished when given the opportunity. It’s a great honour to be here with Sussex as captain for the day."
Paul Robin Chief Executive of the Lord's Taverners said: "We are thrilled to welcome the winners of the LV= County Championships here at The Lord’s Taverners.
"It’s a great tradition for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to present The Lord’s Taverners Trophies and a wonderful way to thank the county game which has, once again, been so supportive of the charity last season.
"With their help, The Lord’s Taverners continues to make a tangible difference to the lives of young people by getting them active in sport."
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