IT WAS a chance encounter a Sheffield girl and her grandad will never forget – and they have the photos to remind them.
Six-year-old Ebony Motley was lucky enough to be taken to Legoland by her grandad Paul.
And they got more than they bargained for when the Queen came to town.
Ebony, a pupil at Southey Green Junior school, and her grandad, from Longley, were paying a visit to the attraction in Windsor as a special treat.
At the end of the day, they booked into a hotel for the night – where the receptionist asked if they were there for the Queen’s visit.
Paul said: “I couldn’t believe it. The next day we were stood no more than a couple of yards away from Her Majesty. I don’t know who was more excited, me or Ebony.”
Ebony took a handful of snaps of the Queen as she unveiled a sculpture celebrating her 60 years on the throne.
Paul also found himself stood next to a man called Tony, who casually mentioned he was the sculptor.
Paul said: “I got chatting to the man next to me who said each sphere of the sculpture marked a year of the Queen’s reign.
“He told me he made the statue, but he still only got to stand in the crowd to see it being unveiled.”
As local and national press vied for space to photograph various dignitaries in front of the sculpture, Paul was even more surprised.
Suddenly, there was Ebony in among a scrum of photographers having her photo taken.
By then the Queen had moved on, so it was Ebony who took centre stage.
Paul said: “We were over the moon and on a high all day. I still haven’t quite got over it. I’m a bit of a royalist and a big fan of Her Majesty.
“Unbelievably, the following Saturday, I met Radio 5 Live’s Simon Day and Jonathan Overend who were with footballers Robbie Savage and Pat Nevin.
“I went along to the Sheffield United Academy in Shirecliffe to see a football match between members of BBC Radio 5 Live’s team.
“It was a fabulous day.”