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Giant Queen smiles on Chester to celebrate Her Majesty's 90th birthday

Giant statue is serenaded by a Chester busker playing the violin at the Cross

A giant Queen is smiling on Chester today to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The 12ft image of the monarch was one of 60 created to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

But the burgundy-clad royal that is being paraded around the city has a wider smile than the other 59 giants, after creator Dave Roberts decided to reflect the longest reigning monarch's happy disposition.

Dave, who created the first Chester Family of Giants for the 1989 Midsummer Watch Parade, said: "I have modified one of the Giant Queens to mark the Queen's 90 birthday celebrations.

Lois York The parade of giant Queens Elizabeth II makes it way through Ellesmere Port town centre
The parade of giant Queens in Ellesmere Port last year showing HM The Queen with no smile

"I was lucky enough to be invited to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party and met Her Majesty personally about the Chester Queens.

"She was lovely and spoke to us about seeing them when she visited Chester Zoo . I decided that as she was so 'smiley' I would alter one of our Giants to reflect her cheerful disposition."

Related story: The Queen at 90 - a picture gallery from her visits to the region

The new 'smiley' Queen is normally on display in Chester market but is being wheeled around the city today in celebration. This morning at the Cross she was serenaded by a Chester busker playing the violin.

To catch a glimpse of the giant Queen, she will parade from Chester Town Hall this afternoon at about 3.30pm.



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