Joan and Heather outside Buckingham Palace

Included in the notice of the award was an invitation to attend a Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and in July Joan Jesson, our President, and Heather Green our Chairperson made the trip down to London.

Joan said “The sun was shining and the gardens of the Palace were beautiful. Tea was served in the garden and consisted of a delicious finger style buffet with lots of treats.

The Royal Party made an entrance about an hour after our arrival and was escorted by the Yeomen of the Guard in all their finery. Her Majesty the Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal family including The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Eugene, Princess Anne and Vice   Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence.

There were approximately 8,000 individuals invited on the day from all sorts of organisations and the atmosphere was one of restrained excitement at being invited to such a prestigious event, with everyone wearing their, new or very best outfits.”

Heather added “It was a once in a lifetime experience. We were very impressed by how friendly the staff were, while efficiently getting guests in and out of the palace. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed a wander round the grounds.”