A SCHOOLGIRL from Bolton has told how honoured she was to meet the royal family when she was chosen to be a posy bearer at the recent Commonwealth Day Service.

Emma Lou, who is a pupil at Westhoughton High School, was invited to attend the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey, to present flowers to the Duchess of Cornwall.

Her royal appointment came after designed the winning mascot for the Commonwealth Games, which will take place this summer in Birmingham.

The Year Seven pupil attended the service as the posy bearer for the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Bolton News: Emma Lou with the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeEmma Lou with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Emma also greeted the Prince of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; and Princess Alexandra.

She told The Bolton News: “I am honoured to have been able to meet the royal family and to have the opportunity to present the posies to the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Bolton News: Emma LouEmma Lou

“I felt nervous of my role as a posy bearer, but excited to play my role in the service, as this was something that I probably will never be able to do again.

“The Commonwealth Day Service was an absolute delight and the memory itself is one I will cherish.”

Headteacher of Westhoughton High School, Neil Coe, said: “It was fantastic to see Emma representing herself, her previous primary school St James CE Daisy Hill, and our school as such a high-profile event, which she did with great maturity.

“What an amazing honour and experience that she will remember forever.

“We are very proud to have her as a member of Westhoughton High School”