The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were among the characters portrayed at a synagogue’s Purim celebrations.

The Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue in Limes Avenue, Chigwell, held a Seudah meal to mark the festival celebrating the deliverance of the Jewish people from harm.

According to tradition, members of the synagogue wore fancy dress, and games were organised by associate Rabbi Meir Shindler and his wife Rina.

Member Debra Sands said: “Not only the children, but many adults dressed up and the synagogue was even honoured with a visit from Moses and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.”

The previous day, on February 23, a traditional Megilla reading was given at the synagogue by fellow member Benjamin Fisher.