A pair of Royal fanatics had a chance encounter and even a chat - with Princess Anne

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This is the moment a pair of Royal fanatics had a chance encounter and even a chat - with Princess Anne.

Emma Dodsworth and Lisa Watkins were finishing work in Molton, North Yorkshire when they noticed a helicopter coming to land.

They thought it might be Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise who had been filming 'Mission Impossible' in the area.

The pair quickly realised it was a member of the Royal family after noticing that the burgundy helicopter bore the official symbol.

As big Royal fans the two could hardly believe their luck and followed the helicopter to its landing place at a local sports centre. 

Shortly after, a 4x4 pulled up and none other that Princess Anne emerged.

The princess had been visiting the nearby Jack Berry House, a rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys. 

After taking time to have a little bit of banter with the gathered crowd, the Princess was ushered across the football field to the helicopter which was then filmed powering up and taking off.

Stunned Lisa from Nawton, who is the manager of Parnaby's clothing in Malton, said: 

"Emma and I, we adore the royal family so we couldn't miss it. We pulled up and parked the car and ran to where the helicopter was landing but there was only the pilot. 

"We then started to talk to some security guy and they wouldn't tell us who it was but he eventually said someone would be arriving in 45 minutes. 

"A 4x4 then pulled over with Princess Anne. 

"As soon as she got out she asked if we were going to play football as I was wearing trainers and a sweatshirt. 

''We told her we were there to see her and she said 'do get away'. 

"She had a cheeky grin and we laughed and I cried. 

''She was so lovely. I have reputation to do banter so of course I would banter with Princess Anne."

Co-worker Emma from Harome, who filmed the chance encounter, added: "We weren't expecting it, I am a professional photographer and I have taken photos of Princess Anne before. She's been absolutely lovely.

"We are Royal family addict, so when we saw the helicopter I recognised the burgundy from last time. 

''We were shaking and so excited. We have not stopped talking about it.''

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