Royal Approval For Champions At Buckingham Palace
Warwickshire Captain, Jim Troughton and his squad were officially presented with the LV County Championship Trophy and their medals earlier today by HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
A party of 50 - including players, wives and partners - attended a lunchtime reception at the Lord's Taverners Head Office, where they also received the LV County Championship pennant, before making the short journey across to Buckingham Palace.
Jim Troughton said: "It's taken a while to sink in that we’ve won the LV County Championship, and experiences like this today prove just how great an achievement it is for this young squad, which has the potential to achieve even more success in the coming years.
"The opportunity to be here at Buckingham Palace today and to meet HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is a great honour and reward for what's been a fantastic season for the Club."
The Duke chatted to members of the Bears' victorious squad as he presented them individually with their medals.
Chris Cowdrey, President of The Lord's Taverners, said: "We are delighted that our Patron and 'Twelfth Man' the Duke of Edinburgh hosts this event every year at Buckingham Palace.
"The Lord's Taverners is cricket's favourite charity and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to give something back to the cricketers who have given their all to win the championship this year and, along the way, inspired young people to take up the game. We congratulate the 2012 County Champions, Warwickshire and Kent Ladies for brightening up a wet summer!"