Now when a group of villagers at Thornham in Norfolk decided they needed a VIP to open their new hall they got their heads together to think of someone suitable.
Working on the principal that 'you don't win the raffle if you don't buy a ticket' they wrote to the Queen to see if she would agree to do it.
To their delight Her Majesty said yes and hundreds of people were on hand as she performed the opening ceremony today.
Marine investigators have traced the owner of a giant fender from a ship that has washed up on a beach in Norfolk.
The 40ft rubber buoy was blown onto Thornham Beach on Monday.
Coastguard officials say the owners are dutch company Heerema. They reported the fender missing to the Norwegian coastguard following a gale in the North Sea. They're now making plans to recover it.
There's a warning to keep away from a ship's fender that has been washed up on a Norfolk beach.
It's very nearly the size of a double decker bus and emerged at the weekend at Thornham.
There are fears sightseers could be caught out by the tides and the possibility of quicksand.
Visitors to the North Norfolk coast have been amazed to find a huge ship's fender washed up on the shoreline.
Coastguards were called to the beach at Thornham near Hunstanton after the giant object ran aground.
It's still a mystery as to how it got there or to whom it belongs.