BUDDING actress Charlotte Mead was given a real surprise when she went along for her weekly drama group meeting.
The nine-year-old member of the Dramarama Children’s Group in Wisbech found a letter from the Queen when she arrived for the weekly session at the Rosmini Centre.
Charlotte had written to invite the Queen to her drama group’s panto: ‘Snow White and the Seven Chavs’, which is being performed in December.
The schoolgirl was hoping Her Majesty might like to come along for the show during her annual festive stay at nearby Sandringham.
She had no idea the Queen had sent a reply until she was presented with the letter from Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening.
An excited Charlotte opened the letter in front of her fellow cast members and proud mum Sharon Mead.
Sadly the letter signed by Richenda Elton, one of the Queen’s Ladies in Waiting, declined the invitation.
The letter started Dear Charlotte, and went on express the Queen’s pleasure at receiving the invitation but while she hoped Charlotte and the Dramarama group enjoy performing, she was unable to attend.
As the title suggests the panto is a twist on the traditional fairy tale, with Charlotte playing the role of a football salesman.
Charlotte and her group, while disappointed the Queen will not be coming to watch them, were delighted and very excited that she had taken the trouble to send a reply.