A FORMER soldier from Hucknall came face to face with royalty when he was involved in the opening of a new military museum.
Roy Ellis spoke to Princess Alexandra at the launch of the Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum at the Thoresby Courtyard on the Thoresby Estate.
He chatted with her about his experiences in during service in Tobruk, Libya, and the the Battle of Knightsbridge in the same country during World War Two.
Pensioner Mr Ellis has written about his part in the infamous and bloody Battle Of Knightsbridge in a book.
But the former sergeant in the 107th South Notts Hussars didn’t face any hostilities when he was one of the guests of honour at the museum opening.
The venue displays an amalgamation of collections of both the Queen’s Royal Lancers and the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, which is made up of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and the Hussars.
n OUR PHOTO shows Mr Ellis chatting with Princess Alexandra — DISPIC NHUD 11-2016-7