A second invasion of England, led not by William the Conqueror but by Sandy the Conkeror, succeeded at the World Conker Championship in Aston, Northamptonshire, last month.
Sandy Gardner, 36, a British-born member of the French National Conker team, was crowned Conker Queen for 2006. Her Chestnut Majesty beat 63 other women contenders for the throne.
Britain maintained its long-held possession of the over-all world championship title when Chris Jones, a 48-year-old computer worker from Kennington, South London, defeated (or deconkered) his opponents, proving he was the best of 256 male contestants from the UK, France, Germany, Austria and 11 other countries.
A report of the historic event published in The Yorkshire Post said: "Wearing 4in. black platform boots, black and red tights, and chewing gum, Mrs Gardner claimed the ladies' World Conker Champion title... three years after first lacing a horse chestnut on a string."
It quoted Queen Sandy as saying "The village where we live is where they hold the French conker championships. On the day we moved in three years ago, they were holding the tournament, and I played.
"For a bit of fun, we decided to come and play here as well with some friends. We call ourselves The French National Conker Team - but I'm not actually sure that I technically qualify to represent France.
"I'm not sporty at all. Maybe a bit of cross-country when I was young. I don't suppose many world champions play in high heels and Dennis The Menace tights."
A Reuters report in The Scotsman said:
Struggling with the English language, the French Conkers Federation website said:
FOOTNOTE. In Scotland, three conkerors aged nine, seven and four, threaded hundreds of conkers into a chain 163ft. (49.68m.) long. And, in a weird chain of coincidences, in the United States, in that very same week, a Pennsylvanian girl named Kaelin Chain was crowned homecoming queen of her Mt. Pleasant high school during a football game in which she was a kicker. Which has nothing whatever to do with chestnuts, but it's a great kicker for this story.