The Queen surprised all when she happily posed for a photograph with seven-year-old Jessica Fitch at the Coronation Festival.
She kindly obliged the young girl, who was clearly thrilled with the opportunity and beamed away at the camera. Jessica even made sure her little teddy bear, Bertie Bear, was included in the treasured snap.
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The seven year old was determined to show her friends and family back home in Cheltenham that she had met the “lovely” Queen.
“I was a bit nervous,” said Jessica, speaking about the encounter. “The Queen was lovely.”
“Jessica was bold, she went right up to her,” said her mother Heather. “It was so kind of her to stop.”
Jessica’s father Michael then asked the Queen if he could take a photo. Much to the surprise of the reigning monarch’s staff, she obliged, breaking normal protocol, and smiled away in her summery white and blue rose-printed dress.
One royal wasn’t enough for Jessica though. As Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, was passing by, she stopped to greet the Fitch family and agreed to a photograph. Shortly after, Jessica spotted Prince Charles and for the third time lucky, had another snap taken.
Jessica was spending the day with her parents at the Coronation Festival, a four-day event held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.
The British royal family are on tenterhooks, waiting for pregnant Kate Middleton to give birth to the royal baby any day now.
The Duchess of Cambridge did not attend the festival as expected, however her sister Pippa Middleton, brother James and parents Carole and Michael all attended and sat in the royal box to watch the Coronation Gala on Thursday evening, alongside the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla.
Princess Eugenie, the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex were also in attendance.