MY LONG REIGN AS THE BEST DOU­BLE OF QUEEN

MARY’S HIGH LIFE AS ROYAL LOOKA­LIKE

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by CHARLES WADE-PALMER

THE longest-reign­ing HRH looka­like says she gets treated like roy­alty wher­ever she goes.

Hav­ing been con­fused for Queen El­iz­a­beth II since she was a teenager, 85-year-old Mary Reynolds de­cided to make money out of her sim­i­lar­ity 30 years ago.

Af­ter Mary’s late hus­band nudged her into a ca­reer, she has trav­elled the globe in regal glad rags.

Mary said: “It started off when I was 17. I went to Hol­land for a hol­i­day and some­one said, ‘You look like Princess El­iz­a­beth’. But I never thought any­thing much of it.”

She was later stopped by a stranger while out shop­ping be­cause they thought she was well-known Queen looka­like Jean­nette Charles.

She then swapped her quiet life as a bank cashier for a glam­orous jet set­ting life­style pos­ing as the Queen.

Mary said: “When I thought I might be able to do some­thing about it my hus­band took pic­tures of me for a port­fo­lio. Two Amer­i­cans walked past and said, ‘Is that the Queen?’.

“My first gig as a full-time dou­ble was in the 25th an­niver­sary of Doctor Who in 1988.”

Af­ter she ap­peared in the BBC sci-fi favourite, the work just kept com­ing in for Mary and she is cur­rently fully booked until next sum­mer.

Mary, from Har­row Weald, north­west Lon­don met Sir El­ton John in Las Ve­gas and ap­peared along­side Sir Roger Moore and Sir Michael Caine in the film Bulls­eye!.

Mary, who is seven years the Queen’s ju­nior, said: “About eight of us went to the south of France for a Rus­sian gen­eral’s 70th birth­day.

“A mix of looka­likes were brought to a beau­ti­ful ho­tel where we were treated like roy­alty. It was ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous.”

Mary’s hus­band Ron was her big­gest sup­porter as she forged a ca­reer in the looka­like in­dus­try.

She added: “It wasn’t until af­ter my hus­band died that my ca­reer got go­ing prop­erly, but it all started with the pho­tos he took and find­ing me an agent.

“He was very chuffed to have a wife who looked like the Queen. I never ever thought I would have the courage to do it.

“But if you can get money for it there’s an added in­cen­tive.”

Mary re­cently ap­peared in the promo for MTV’s The Royal World. She added: “I’m very lucky to look like the Queen.

“Some peo­ple can be very good looka­likes but if they’re not in the pub­lic eye a lot of the time they won’t get a con­stant stream of work. It’s a weird world.”

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