Queen tickled by Shaun’s gift for her grandchild

Shaun presents the teddy to the Queen...

Shaun presents the teddy to the Queen...

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The Queen, as you can see, was amused.

It was 1977, her Silver Jubilee year, and she was in Portsmouth as part of the nation’s celebrations.

...and, job done, turns away, leaving a laughing Queen admiring her gift

...and, job done, turns away, leaving a laughing Queen admiring her gift

But another momentous event in her life was about to unfold – the birth of her first grandchild.

This was June and Peter Phillips, the son of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, was due in November.

Not that eight-year-old Shaun Toms, of Whimbrel Close, Milton, Portsmouth, would really have understood much about all of that.

He had been taken to Guildhall Square in Portsmouth to see the Queen by his mum, Daphne, and aunt, Gillian Fluellen. It was his aunt who had made him this silver jubilee teddy.

Daphne, now living in Waterlooville, recalled: ‘We thought we would go down there on spec to see if we could see the Queen.

‘We got right at the front and as the Queen came towards us we pushed Shaun under the ropes and told him to present her with the teddy for her first grandchild.’

With the fearlessness of most eight-year-olds, Shaun found himself in front of the Queen.

As you can see from Daphne’s pictures, she seemed delighted with young Shaun’s gift.

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