Braunton schoolgirl’s lunch with the Queen

Ginny’s special lunch appointment on Exeter’s big day.

UNION Jack flags have been all-of-a-flutter in Exeter today for the visit of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh today (Wednesday).

Crowds of well-wishers have turned out for the visit to the city, part of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Tour of the South West.

Around 200 people cheered the royal couple’s arrival by helicopter at the Middlemoor Devon and Cornwall Police headquarters at around 11.45am.

The Queen met chief constable Shaun Sawyer and other dignitaries before travelling on to Princesshay Square in Exeter city centre.

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From there, she went on to the University of Exeter, where she was due to have lunch with invited guests, including 10-year-old Braunton schoolgirl Ginny Scott.

The Southmead School youngster – accompanied by teaching assistant Jo Matthews, headteacher Gill Gillett and parents, George and Nicky – was nominated by the school and their names selected by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon.

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“Ginny’s dad has been serving in Afghanistan but she still made a significant contribution to helping other pupils feel better even when her dad was abroad,” said Mrs Gillett.

Ginny said having lunch with the Queen would be very exciting, but she would be ‘a bit nervous’ as well.

She said: “I think the Queen will be very nice. My dad is coming along to watch as well and he said he is very proud that I am doing this.”

The Queen opened a new �48million student services centre development at the university.

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