The Queen and Prince Philip were in Whitehaven, Cumbria, to mark the town's 300th birthday...
Pictured: The Queen comes face-to-face with Britain's champion gurner
05th June 2008
She is renown for her unshakeable composure and unflappable poise.
But today the Queen finally seemed to have met her match.
Confronted by Britain's champion gurner Tommy Mattinson midway through one of his grotesque contortions, HRH looked more than a little flustered.
Cautious: The Queen comes face-to-face with gurning champion Tommy Mattinson
She approached with caution - and an expression of mild distaste.
However, events took an even more bizarre turn when she appeared to join in with the act.
After coming face-to-face with a chair she once sat in 30 years ago, the Queen pulled a face almost worthy of Mr Mattinson himself.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were on a visit to Cumbria to take part in events marking 300 years since the town's foundation.
Highlights of the day included a tour around the Cumberland Pencil Company and a trip to the Breacon Museum in Whitehaven.
Impressionist: HRH gets in on the act with a grotesque expression of her own