Royal appointment for Ipswich shopper?

>BY James>WOULD Jubilee-ve it!?An Ipswich shopping parade appears to have received a 'royal appointment' ahead of the Queen's official visit to Suffolk later this month.

By James Fraser

>BY James Fraser>

WOULD Jubilee-ve it!?

An Ipswich shopping parade appears to have received a 'royal appointment' ahead of the Queen's official visit to Suffolk later this month.

An eagle-eyed Star reader spotted these regal features giving a town centre shopping parade the royal once-over before she arrives in all her pomp as part of her countrywide golden jubilee tour.

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Although the picture was contributed by Suffolk Constabulary, our ever-vigilant news team momentarily fell asleep on its watch and missed this Majestic scoop as someone looking uncannily like the Queen mingled with her subjects on Westgate Street.

It was up to Ipswich man Tony Versey, 59, of Willowcroft Road, to alert the Evening Star to Her Majesty's incognito walkabout.

It was too late to dispatch a reporter to discover where her burly Special Branch minders and yapping Corgis were or if she popped in to check out the closest thing Ipswich has got to royalty…at nearby Burger King in the shape of a chicken ROYALE?

We shall have to wait until Her Majesty visits Ipswich on July 17 to find out – her first official visit since the silver jubilee in 1977.

N But maybe you know differently. Perhaps this is not really HRH but someone you know personally, it could even have been you doing a bit of shopping in Westgate Street.

If so, get in touch with us by phoning Ipswich 01473 282257 or by e-mailing

N With her husband Prince Philip, the Queen is due to tour the town's waterfront, inspecting the marina and visiting the Felaw Maltings business centre on July 17.

Before she goes on to Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds, she will inaugurate our new colour press and start the printing of that day's paper through a video link from the waterfront.

The Evening Star is offering 1,000 of its readers a grandstand view of proceedings.

Arrangements have already been made for thousands of schoolchildren, charity workers and civic dignitaries to get a good view.

We want our other readers to have a chance of clapping eyes on the Queen during her 70-minute visit and ask anyone living in the Felixstowe, Woodbridge and Stowmarket areas to write in.

People and families should write to tell us how many tickets they would like. You can only apply for people in your own household.

For security reasons we need your name, address and telephone number so please include these with your application.

Please mark clearly on the envelope the town or area from which you come so we can ensure we have a spread of readers from across our circulation area.

* Write to Queen's Visit Tickets, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN.