A royal privilege

MORE than 150 royal enthusiasts ‘‘almost’’ celebrated with the Queen in Newcastle yesterday.

Okay the truth is ‘‘she’’ was a ‘‘he’’ but that didn’t stop fans turning up to see Queen impersonator Neil Hanson at Wests, New Lambton.

The guest of honour arrived in a Rolls Royce at the Hobart Road entrance at 10.30am where she posed for photographs with well-wishers waving Union Jack flags.

The appearance was part of the jubilee celebrations that will take place at the club on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

For a few dollars you can eat Queen Elizabeth-inspired teacake and receive a Diamond Jubilee souvenir or indulge in the Windsor Chicken with brandy sauce.

It’s not exactly dining with the Queen. More like eating in her honour.

This year Her Majesty has been celebrating 60 years as monarch.

The central weekend of celebrations took place in London from June 2 to 5.

That’s when all those royal types with the funny hats stood in the rain on the edge of the River Thames and waved from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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