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The incredible moment these two WA sisters met the Queen

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When sisters Belinda de Corti and Jo Hawkins were young girls they had the extraordinary experience of meeting Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Geraldton in 1988.

More than three decades later, the West Australians said the encounter had a profound effect on their lives.

“We were so lucky to have that opportunity. She gave two little farm kids a chance, she gave us the time of day,” Ms de Corti said.

“For someone of her level and stature to do that was huge for us, two little girls. It was quite amazing.”


The sisters, aged 5 and 7 at the time, travelled with their father almost two hours from the family farm in Mullewa to try and catch a glimpse of the Queen.

Buzzing with excitement to skip school and go on an adventure, the girls brought a hand-drawn Australian flag and some wildflowers wrapped in tinfoil to gift to Her Majesty.

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