Queen Elizabeth II gatecrashes wedding
26 March 2012, 13:25
London - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has become a wedding crasher.
monarch dropped in moments after the nuptials of John and Frances
Canning at Manchester Town Hall in northern England on Friday.
newlyweds said on Saturday the queen chatted and posed for wedding
photographs. The queen and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of
Edinburgh, were visiting the venue for lunch at the same time the
wedding took place.
"It was very special - it was so lovely that she took the trouble to speak to us," bride Frances Canning told The Sun newspaper.
48-year-old groom knew beforehand that the queen would be visiting the
town hall, and jokingly wrote to Buckingham Palace to invite the
monarch, the tabloid reported.
He received a polite reply declining the invitation, but palace officials secretly arranged the meeting, the paper said.
Canning said he spoke with Prince Philip while photos were being taken.
"He was a charming fella - for me it was the icing on the cake," he told The Sun.
The 44-year-old bride was impressed the queen addressed them by their first names.
"She said I looked lovely and she wanted to wish us all the best for the future.
going to have to get a bigger wedding album now," she was quoted as
saying. "Not many people will have pictures like that.
British monarch was in Manchester to visit a number of sites, including a
new BBC headquarters building in nearby Salford, as part of her Diamond
The queen is celebrating the six decades since she ascended to the throne in 1952.