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Pensioner is a Queen lookalike

Pensioner Joan Wragg looks so much like the Queen, she is always being mistaken for her by strangers.

Joan, 85, has now been chosen to play the Queen for a day as part of Mansfield District Council’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The council ran a competition to find a lookalike of Her Royal Highness for an event on June 2. The local queen is needed to officially open an exhibition at the Mansfield Museum entitled Our Queen.

Museum development officer Jodie Henshaw, who launched the competition, said: “When we first saw Mrs Wragg’s photo we knew that she was our winner.”

Joan was encouraged to enter the competition by her sister because she is often mistaken for the Queen when she is out and about. A stranger even recently asked her where she had left the corgis.

She said: “I feel very honoured to have been chosen to be Mansfield’s Queen for a day. I’m looking forward to opening the exhibition at the Museum and I have already chosen an appropriate outfit ready for the occasion.”

The museum exhibition includes experiences from residents who remember the Queen’s visit to the town for the Silver Jubilee in 1977. Joan was one of those lucky enough to meet the Queen during this visit.

Joan’s royal duties will also include her making a guest appearance at the museum’s jubilee street party on June 8. The free party will include royal-themed activities including making flags and bunting for people to decorate their homes with.


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