YOUNGSTERS enjoyed their Diamond Jubilee party with the Queen herself looking over their shoulders!
But the monarch had not paid a flying visit to Blackpool – the royal presence was the latest waxwork to be unveiled at the resort’s Madame Tussauds attraction.
A special Best of British feature has been created to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, with Her Majesty joining figures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge which were unveiled in April.
The waxwork was made for the 2002 Golden Jubilee and has been relocated to Blackpool from the London Madame Tussauds which has a new waxwork of the Queen.
Pupils from Norbreck Primary School tucked into cake and sandwiches at a party to mark the unveiling.
Matilda Cookson, seven, said: “I would like to meet the Queen in real life, but this one really looks like her.
“We have been learning all about the Queen at school. I think she brings peace to the world and the celebrations make everyone feel happy.”
James Noble, also seven, added: “I couldn’t wait to see the Queen’s figure in Madam Tussauds. We’re all really excited about the Jubilee and our street party was so much fun.”
The children’s teacher Carrie Webster said the visit fitted in with the lessons they had been doing. She said: “This follows on really well with the work we have been doing looking at the monarchy and what it means to the country.
“We asked the children if we still needed a Queen, and they said yes because they get to have parties and a celebration.” The display showcases three replica gowns worn by the Queen to show how her style has changed during her reign.
Other figures in the Best of British feature include The Beatles, Morecambe and Wise and Joanna Lumley.
Matthew Titherington, general manager at Madame Tussauds Blackpool, said: “When we first opened the biggest request we had was for the royals to come to Blackpool.
“Since we unveiled William and Kate, it has increased numbers and increased visitor satisfaction.
“People can take their own photographs but we also do souvenir photographs and that one is our most popular, and we are hoping the Queen will be the same.
“Having her figure here is perfect for the Jubilee and we are all about Best of British so it is perfect for this room.
“We couldn’t think of a better way to launch the figure than with local children.”