Queen Elizabeth Crashes Wedding in England

Queen Elizabeth

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updated 03/26/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 03/26/2012 AT 8:35 AM ET

You expected her to attend Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. You didn’t expect her at John and Frances Canning’s!

But sure enough, there was Queen Elizabeth, 85, dropping in on the commoners’ nuptials in Manchester this weekend – taking them up on an invitation they sent on a lark, although Her Majesty did not RSVP first.

“Basically it was a wedding gift for us,” Frances Canning said, according to CNN.

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