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Queen visits posh restaurant The Ivy - and leaves everyone confused over her purse

Mirror logo Mirror 19/05/2017 Rod McPhee

Credits: Rex Features © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Rex Features The Queen made a rare trip out on the town, appearing at a posh London restaurant with a mystery companion. 

Her Majesty was photographed making her debut at celebrity hangout, The Ivy, in Covent Garden.

But it was the woman who featured on her purse that got onlookers talking.

With a striking similarity to the late Princess Margaret in the 1960s, many speculated whether she might be sporting an accessory carrying her sister’s image.

But closer inspection revealed the word “Helen” alongside the illustration, which also features three young children.

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Princess Margaret only had one son, David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, and one daughter, Lady Sarah Chatto.

The puzzling purse complemented The Queen’s stunning silver ensemble with a black paisley shawl as she attended the party of a friend on Thursday.

It was actually a vintage image of her friend Archduchess Helen of Austria, whose 80th birthday it was.

Helen, who is a cousin of Prince Philip , gave the purses to guests as they left the restaurant in Covent Garden, central London on Thursday night.

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It was an unusual trip for food and drink away from Buckingham Palace where the monarch has a small army of waiting staff and chefs to cater for her every culinary need.

She was visiting alongside Prince and Princess Michael of Kent as well as Britain’s Got Talent judge, David Walliams.

Her Majesty is arguably the most famous person to visit The Ivy over its 100 year history. She is in esteemed company, however.

Other famous diners at the West End landmark have ranged from Princess Diana to Madonna.

What The Queen keeps in her handbag.

  • A crisply folded £5 or £10 note to put in Sunday church collections
  • A portable suction hook, allowing her to hang the bag under tables
  • Reading glasses
  • Mint lozenges
  • A fountain pen
  • A small mirror
  • Lipstick
  • Family photo
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