London: A British couple says their wedding
had an unlikely gatecrasher, 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 yesterday.
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
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.