Royal gatecrasher: UK queen drops in on wedding

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LONDON (AP) -- A British couple say their wedding had an unlikely gatecrasher -- as Queen Elizabeth II dropped in on the ceremony during an official tour.

John Canning and his new wife Frances Canning said Saturday that the monarch chatted and posed for photographs with the newlyweds as she visited Manchester Town Hall on Friday.

The queen and husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, were visiting the venue for lunch at the same time the wedding took place there.

Bride Frances Canning told The Sun newspaper "it was very special -- it was so lovely that she took the trouble to speak to us."

The British monarch was in the city of Manchester, in northern England, to visit a number of sites, including a new BBC headquarters building in nearby Salford.