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.
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After a mostly dry start, cloud will continue to thicken with some showery rain likely this afternoon. Highs of 18 deg C (64 deg F).
Tributes have been pouring in for a woman who died in a house fire in West Norfolk.
Any residual evening showers should die out. Clear spells at first, and turning chilly in places. Lows of 9 deg C (48 deg F).