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By Ben Murray
Knitting up a Jubilee storm

A NONAGENARIAN has marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in her own unique way . . . with knitting.

Alice Newton, from Balgray near Lockerbie, is 91 years old, and has knitted a likeness of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as her entire menagerie of royal pets.

The Queen legally owns all of the swans, porpoise, sturgeons, whales and dolphins in the UK, but her full collection of animals is far more exotic.

Alice explained that the monarch also owns an elephant, two giant turtles, a jaguar, and a pair of sloths. In addition, she has also owned two pygmy hippopotamus and a cow, alongside her iconic corgis.

While the majority live at London Zoo, they haven’t been excluded from Alice’s knitted menagerie.

She said: “I’m getting quite old, now. I live in Balgray, so I don’t tend to socialise quite as much as I used to. I keep myself occupied with knitting.

“I own a craft page where I can sell my creations, but I made Her Majesty and her menagerie out of a sense of duty more than anything.

“I just want people to see what I’ve made. It’s difficult for me to show people myself now, after all.”


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