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We didn't have to go down to London to see the Queen...

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As a city, Leicester has become well known for the discovery of a king under a car park - but what about this queen on a pavement?

Karen Vowles and her boyfriend Joel Henderson were wandering along Barnwell Avenue in Beaumont Leys, Leicester, when they passed this rough bit of pavement bearing an uncanny resemblance to the picture of the Queen that you find on a postage stamp.

Karen, 36, said: "I stopped dead and pointed down and said to Joel, 'Look, it's the Queen!'

"We couldn't believe it. It was one of quite a few potholes along the pavement and this one was a few feet wide.

"We were there for about 10 minutes looking at it, trying to come up with road puns about the Queen and taking pictures.

"The shape looks just like the Queen with the neck, the faint hint of a tiara and the hair – although the nose makes her look like the old Spitting Image puppet rather than the real queen!"

The pair were on their way to visit Joel's grandmother at a nursing home in Beaumont Leys when they stumbled upon the pavement queen and Joel took some pictures of it on his phone.

Karen, remembering the Leicester Mercury story earlier this month about the aubergine that looked like the Hindu deity Lord Ganesh, decided to share it with our readers.

She said: "I work as a picture editor for the Daily Express and the story about the aubergine in Leicester had made it into some of the national papers I look through every day.

"That was a great story but I've never found anything like this before."

Joel, 35, who lives in London with Karen but regularly comes back to Leicester, said: "I've been showing the picture I took to lots of people and most of them recognise it as looking a lot like the Queen, although some have also said it looks a bit like a poodle!

"We showed the whole family and they loved it.

"I've never come across anything like this before but then I haven't really been looking.

"I'm going to be a lot more vigilant in the future and see if I can spot any more potholes that look like things!"

People living in the Beaumont Leys area agreed the pothole reminded them of the monarch.

Shaun Crossley, 38, said: "It looks a bit like the Queen but she's got something odd sticking out of the top of her head."

Sue Morris, 45, said: "Wow! It does look like a stamp!

"I'd never noticed it before. I walk down here every week and I obviously need to spend more time looking at the ground."

We didn't have to go down to London to see the Queen...


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