Jeremy Portje, Associated Press
Elizabeth Zia, 9, of Chicago, is crowned the "Queen of Elizabeths" during the Gathering of Elizabeths on Saturday in Elizabeth, Ill.

The world's most famous Elizabeth didn't show, but about 400 others did.

The northern Illinois community of Elizabeth tried Saturday to set a world record for the largest Gathering of Elizabeths. Women with Elizabeth in any part of their name were allowed in; one participant has Elizabeth as a last name.

The event drew women from more than 20 states. Those participating had to show a copy of a birth certificate or driver's license.

"We did invite Queen Elizabeth II, but she politely declined," said Susan Gordy, who helped organize the event. Elizabeth Taylor was also invited but did not reply, Gordy said.

The event was designed to celebrate the community and honor famous Elizabeths, including one of the women for whom the community of about 700 people was named.