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Royal gatecrasher: Queen drops in on wedding

The Queen briefly crashed the wedding and posed for photos (but didn’t stick around for the cake).

The Queen in Manchester yesterday
The Queen in Manchester yesterday
Image: Heathcliff O'Mally/PA Wire

A BRITISH COUPLE had an unlikely gatecrasher at their wedding –  as Queen Elizabeth II dropped in on the ceremony during an official tour.

John Canning and his new wife Frances Canning said today that the monarch chatted and posed for photographs with the newlyweds as she visited Manchester Town Hall on Friday.

The queen and husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, were visiting the venue for lunch at the same time the wedding took place there.

Bride Frances Canning told The Sun newspaper “it was very special — it was so lovely that she took the trouble to speak to us.”

The British monarch was in the city of Manchester, in northern England, to visit a number of sites, including a new BBC headquarters building in nearby Salford.

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