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Meet Mansfield's Queen for a day!

A pensioner who resembles the Queen so much she has been mistaken for her by strangers has been chosen to be Mansfield's Queen for a day.

Mrs Joan Wragg (85) of Mansfield will open Mansfield Museum's Our Queen exhibition on 2 June at 10am.

Mrs Wragg was chosen after an appeal by Museum Development Officer Jodie Henshaw to find a local Queen look-a-like to help with the museum's jubilee celebrations.

Mrs Wragg was encouraged to enter by her sister who had seen the appeal and felt Joan was an ideal candidate.

This isn't the first time she has been spotted for bearing a likeness to the Queen. Last year whilst on holiday in Scotland, a complete stranger approached Joan and jokingly said 'Where have you left the corgis Ma-am?'

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."

Mrs Wragg met the Queen when she visited Mansfield in 1977.

The museum is also having a Jubilee street party on Friday 8 June from 10am-2pm, at which Mrs Wragg will also be appearing. The free party will include lots of royal-themed activities including making flags and bunting for people to take home and trim up their houses.

Mansfield residents have shared their experiences of the Queen from when she visited Mansfield during her Silver Jubilee in 1977 for the exhibition.

Jodie Henshaw said: "When we first saw Mrs Wragg's photo we knew that she was our winner."

Published 15 May 2012

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