Upon learning that Queen Elizabeth II would be visiting their city on the same day as they were getting married, John and Frances Canning decided on impulse to invite her to their nuptials. Never in a million years did they expect the Queen to even acknowledge their invitation, of course. But on the day of their wedding in March 2012, the happy couple received an extraordinary surprise.
So how did this come about? Well, John and Frances Canning, residents of Greater Manchester, England, had been excitedly planning their wedding when they learned some intriguing news. It turned out that their chosen venue, Manchester Town Hall, had been double-booked – with the Queen, no less. And while the Cannings had booked it a while beforehand, Her Majesty naturally took precedence.
The Queen’s visit to Manchester was actually arranged under the auspices of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. For this, she undertook a long tour of Britain and the Commonwealth during 2012. She hosted lunches, for example, and attended celebrations and met a wide variety of people.