Ice queen Elise Christie has date at the palace

DATE WITH ROYALTY -- Hucknall-based speed-skater Elise Christie. (PHOTO BY: Nick Potts/PA Wire).
DATE WITH ROYALTY -- Hucknall-based speed-skater Elise Christie. (PHOTO BY: Nick Potts/PA Wire).

The exploits of Hucknall-based short-track speed-skater Elise Christie earned her a date at Buckingham Palace.

It was a case of an ice queen meeting the real Queen after the 24-year-old Elise was invited to one of the palace’s summer garden parties.

Her boyfriend, fellow speed-skater Jack Whelbourne (23), with whom she shares a house in Hucknall, also went along - as did other members of Team GB’s skating squads.

“Great day at Buckingham Palace!” was just one of many messages excited Elise issued to her 7,396 followers on Twitter.

She also tweeted photos of her glamorous outfit for the big day, shrieking: “Ready For The Queen!”

The garden-party invitation was reward for British skaters after a memorable period in which they have enjoyed lots of success.

Tenacious Scot Christie, who moved from her home town near Glasgow to Nottingham at the age of 15 to train at the National Ice Centre, made history earlier this year when becoming the first Briton to win two medals at the World Short-Track Championships in Moscow.

She took silvers in both the 500m and 1,000m races to follow up a silver she won in the 2014 worlds at Montreal.

Her success wiped out the memory of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia when she suffered the heartbreak of THREE disqualifications.

Nottingham ice-dancer Nick Buckland was among the skaters who actually got to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace -- along with his ice-rink partner Penny Coomes, and short-track speedsters Charlotte Gilmartin and Richard Shoebridge, who are teammates of Christie and Whelbourne.

“It was a day we’ll never forget,” said Buckland (26), while the 25-year-old Gilmartin added: “It was a very unexpected and massive privilege. Her Majesty took the time to talk about our sport. I will cherish the moment.”