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Queen spurned for nursery school teacher

February 4, 2004
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The Queen isn't used to being ignored, but she couldn't help seeing the funny side when a pair of three-year-old boys got her confused with their teacher. Her Majesty turned out to open a nursery school in Norfolk, but things got a little muddled when Toby Ridsdale and Jamie Thompson were to present the royal visitor with a book to mark her visit.

Apparently the two youngsters had been rehearsing the presentation for three weeks, with their teacher Dee Gent playing the Queen. But when the time came to make the handover for real, they walked straight past their guest and tried to give the souvenir to Dee.

With an amused smile on her face, the monarch had to follow the two boys over and graciously take delivery of the memento.

"I've been playing the Queen and they've been giving the book and bowing, " explained the teacher afterwards. "They were doing it beautifully. I showed them pictures of the Queen because I was concerned that they wouldn't know who she was. They obviously got a little confused, but they did really well as did the other children."

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Her Majesty was clearly amused by the situation as she finally took delivery of the memento. She had come along to open the Rainbow Centre nursery at RAF MarhamPhoto: © PA
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Dee explains to Toby and Jamie that it is their royal guest, not herself, who should be receiving the bookPhoto: © PA

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