A Melton woman rubbed shoulders with royalty and international players taking part in the Rugby World Cup at a special reception at Buckingham Palace on Monday.
Sue Bailey (63) was invited to the event, hosted by the Queen, because of her work as an area leader with the spectator services team for the tournament.
She assisted fans and helped stewards for matches at Villa Park in Birmingham and Leicester’s King Power Stadium involving nations including Australia, South Africa and Argentina.
Sue said: “The reception was held in the investiture room and I was at the back of the room so I didn’t see the Queen because she is little and so am I.
“But I did speak to Prince Phillip. He was very charming and commented on the fact that the venues I worked at were usually used for football.”
She was driven to the reception by husband Richard (58), who has also been helping out with the Rugby World Cup, as a volunteer driver for officials such as Ross Aitken, one of the senior members of the Rugby Football Union.
Among the 20 players who attended were Wales captain Sam Warburton, England skipper Chris Robshaw and South Africa winger Bryan Habana.
Sue, who also worked as a games maker with her husband at the 2012 London Olympics, added: “I didn’t get to meet any of the players because they went into another room with the Queen but I did hear Prince Harry’s welcome speech.
“I didn’t know what to expect but I really enjoyed the day.”