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Not many people can say they’ve met royalty. But a Des Moines woman traveled to the west coast to receive a special gift from the Queen.

Sgt. Quanda Brown thought she was visiting Los Angeles to sing with her choir but that wasn’t the case. Thursday, she was treated like royalty, as a special guest on the Queen Latifah Show.

The 39–year–old Des Moines native was surprised with a head to toe makeover and two tickets the Grammys.

Brown grew up on Des Moines’ east side but attended North High School and was taught to always appreciate those who try to help you.

“Whenever anyone ever gives you anything just be thankful be grateful because if God blesses you he blesses you through people that’s just a gift from God,” Brwon said.

For over 18 years she worked to protect and help our country. She served in the Army earning 14 medals and survived four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I love my country,” says Brown. “I just figured that was my job that’s what I signed up to do.”

In 2012, back in home in Des Moines, duty called and Brown retired.

“I decided to come back home because my mother at the time she had just been diagnosed with breast cancer.”

Shortly thereafter her father became ill. Brown says through all heartache, her faith never has wavered and feels blessed by what the show has given her.

Brown says she will take a member from her choir to the Grammys. She also mentioned Queen Latifah was a very humble and down to earth person.

Once she comes back from California, she will return back to Grandview University where she is studying theology.