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Last Updated: Monday June 26 2006 17:50 GMT

I went to the Queen's birthday!

Press Packer Charlotte
Charlotte reporting from the Palace

The Queen's 80th birthday party took place at Buckingham Palace on Sunday, 25 June.

The theme was children's literature, and Press Packer Charlotte reported from the event.

"I was really looking forward to reporting from the Queen's 80th birthday party.

I couldn't believe how many famous people were there! I got loads of autographs and everyone was so friendly.

Real reporter

I was part of the press for the day so we went backstage whilst the final rehearsals were still going on. The first interview I had to do was with Danni Harman, who plays Tracey Beaker.

I was quite nervous, as it was my first interview and I had to do it in front of Dot Cotton from EastEnders and Jerry Hall!

Danni was really nice, and she was getting really excited because she was going to be the one to give the handbag back to the Queen at the very end of the show!

Press Pen

I had to join the rest of the press in the area sectioned off for filming, where I did some more interviews.

I met three of the guys from Harry Potter; Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Matthew Wilson (Hermione, Ron and Neville). They seemed to be enjoying the event, and I asked them how filming of the fifth film was going!

JK Rowling and Jacqueline Wilson
Charlotte interviews JK Rowling and Jacqueline Wilson

Then I got to interview both JK Rowling and Jacqueline Wilson together! They were both there to read aloud in the author's corner.

I asked JK Rowling how she had managed to break away from writing book seven.

"What author do you think wouldn't need a break from writing? But if you think I need to work maybe I should be scribbling now!"

Close to Royalty!

Towards the end of the day I found myself only metres away from the Queen! We were filming by the CBBC birthday cards and she came up really close to us!

My favourite part of the day was meeting all the celebrities, and they were all so much nicer than I expected them to be!

It was a fantastic day."

Charlotte, 13, Leeds


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