THEY came, they saw, they conquered.

Armed with a giant flag screaming "Yorkshire Girls" and dressed from head to toe in red, white and blue, a group of women and young girls from East Yorkshire became their own stars on Royal Wedding day.

After a night braving the cold outside Buckingham Palace, the colourful gang soaked up the atmosphere and caught the eye of the world's media.

Following interviews with TV crews from China, Canada, the US and a piece with ITV's News At Ten, the loyal royal watchers reckoned their moment of fame was as good as spotting the Queen and Kate Middleton en route to Westminster Abbey.

Hannah Greenwood, ten, camped out with her five-year-old sister Millie and their Malton-born mum Laura, along with the Bell family from Driffield and their friends Victoria Aitken from Hull and Sarah Hardy from Scarborough.

Hannah, in a red, white and blue wig, said: "The best bit was seeing the cars go past and getting our photos taken."

They all enjoyed a roadside fry-up in the morning - with Yorkshire bacon and eggs.

Mum-of-three Laura said: "We had to do it. We are never going to see this again. We will watch it for years to come on the telly and the kids can say: 'My mum took me there.'"

The group were just some of the diehard wellwishers who had made the trip from York to London for the royal nuptuals.

Will McCardle, five, of St Oswald's School in Fulford, watched the parade with his mum and dad, Sarah and Russ. He said he was looking forward to seeing the horses, the swords and the soldiers.

Manor CE School mates Mollie Salter, 12 and Ellie Norris, 13, were also in London for the big day, with their mums, Debbie and Julie.

Ellie said the trip was worth it. "When I am old and sitting in my rocking chair, I can tell myself: 'I was there'."

Julie said: "We thought it was a nice occasion to all come together. It's the biggest event of the year."

Vicki Wonders, 30, from Northallerton, camped out overnight with 12 friends in order to bag a front-row spot to view proceedings.

In a union-flag stetson and draped in a matching flag, Vicki said: "We just had to do it. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity." Moments later, she had another unique moment - having a picture opportunity with a Pearly King and Queen.

Maxine travelled from York to London for the Royal Wedding courtesy of East Coast trains