THE Queen had a right royal time when she came to visit Macclesfield... because she said so.
Her Majesty was happy to share that thought with one of her young admiring subjects much to the delight of five-year-old Eleanor Wilson.
Eleanor had been so thrilled to see the Queen for the first time when she made an appearance at King's School , she felt compelled to write to tell her how pretty she thought she looked.
And she was even more excited when she got a reply from Buckingham Palace in which a lady-in-waiting wrote: "The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your letter and the picture you drew for Her Majesty.
"The Queen greatly enjoyed her Golden Jubilee trip to Macclesfield this summer, and I am to thank you very much for your kind thought in writing."
Eleanor had already left home to go to school when the Royal mail arrived through her letterbox so dad Adrian took it unopened and delivered it in person to her in class at Park Royal.
Her reaction, as she opened the letter in front of her pals, was "wow".
"It was the first time I have seen my daughter speechless," said Adrian, who lives in Oxford Road, Macclesfield. "She was literally stuck for words."
He and his wife Lieve, their son Jack, seven, and Eleanor had gone to join the crowds to welcome the Queen when she came to the town for the day.
When Eleanor first saw Her Majesty she exclaimed: "Where's her crown?"
Dad Adrian explained: "She always imagined the Queen wore a crown because she had only seen her head on coins and bank notes so she was quite surprised when she hadn't got one on."
Eleanor, who loves ballet and gymnastics as well as reading and writing stories, had put in her letter to the Queen: "Dear Your Royal Highness, Thank you for coming to Macclesfield this summer and you looked very pretty. Love from Eleanor Wilson."
And she signed off with lots of hearts and kisses but not before drawing a picture of the Queen.