Manchester Arndale shoppers were shocked to see a Queen lookalike perusing the shops yesterday ahead of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations next month.
The royal doppelganger graced the centre with her presence to open the ‘Royal Wall of Wishes’, a board on which well-wishers can leave personal and affectionate messages for Her Majesty.
Manchester Arndale Centre spokesperson Sue Boor said the initial response had been positive.
She said: “So far we’ve had little girls and elderly people turn up, and it’s been great.
“We hope everyone will leave positive, goodwill messages.”
The best of these messages will be framed and sent down to Buckingham Palace in a commemorative book.
The wall builds upon the success of the ‘I Love MCR’ love wall from last summer, in which the wall was used for letters of love and support for those involved in the riots.
The open nature of the wall however means that there are no restrictions in place for anti-monarchy sentiment.
The Queen lookalike Mary Reynolds officially opened the Royal Wall at 1.30 pm, along with the centre director David Allinson and staff from Manchester Arndale’s customer service team.
The ‘Royal Wall of Wishes’ is to be situated on the long wall by Next in Exchange Court.