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Royal cool: Jubilee on ice.

Her technique was well tutored but unusual. It looked a bit like throwing a dog biscuit to the royal corgi in attendance.

But according to the 'Pele' of North American ice hockey, Wayne Gretzky, the Queen's attempt at dropping the puck to start last night's game in Vancouver was 'just fine'.

After all, it is not every day that a 76-year-old constitutional monarch is called upon to take part in a face-off, albeit a ceremonial face-off.

In fact it was 51 years since she had dropped a puck and one could be forgiven for being a little rusty.

The Queen, on her Golden Jubilee tour of Canada, is becoming a collector of ice hockey pucks.

Including the commemorative puck given to her last night by Vancouver Canucks' captain Markus Naslund, she now has three.

The first was presented in 1951 when, as Princess Elizabeth, she started an exhibition match at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens.
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Date:Oct 8, 2002
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