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Theme park laying on the red carpet treatment for 'Liz and Phil' couples.
COUPLES called Liz and Phil are guaranteed a right royal welcome at Drayton Manor on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee – for they can enjoy a day out free of charge!
On June 5, the park is inviting all couples who share the same name as Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh to call in and celebrate – although wearing crowns and robes is optional.
To qualify, couples over 16 called Elizabeth and Philip (or Liz and Phil) need to turn up together on Tuesday, June 5 with valid proof of ID (passport, photographic driving licence or CitizenCard). They will then be given free entry into the award-winning attraction.
So while the Queen and Prince Philip are attending a national Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral – their less famous namesakes can be enjoying white knuckle rides such as the adrenaline-inducing drop-tower, Apocalypse, stand-up coaster, Shockwave, the log flume, Stormforce 10, and stomach-churning gyro-swing, Maelstrom.
And while the royal party enjoy a lunch at Westminster, Drayton Manor guests can tuck in to some tasty hot dogs and chips – not to mention ice-cream.
A procession to Buckingham Palace will take place for the royal couple – but Drayton's VIPs will be able to sit back in the 4D Cinema and enjoy the park's aptly named new film, The Little Prince.
And there may be no corgis at Drayton – but the zoo has plenty of animals including a Sumatran tiger, monkeys and primates, a meerkat mob, and a pair of black leopards, as well as various birds of prey and reptiles.
Any couples with a young prince or princess in tow will be well catered for too, with a trip to the park's popular Thomas Land™, which has over 20 rides and attractions based on the Thomas & Friends™ TV series.
Drayton Manor Theme Park's managing director, Colin Bryan, says: "The Diamond Jubilee is a momentous occasion that will be celebrated throughout the nation. Since Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh won't be able to visit the park we thought couples who are lucky enough to share their name would be the next best thing."