Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace 2019

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Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace 2019


On 23 May residents from Avante’s Care Homes, Day Care and Home Care service attended an Annual Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

The event was held by The Not Forgotten Association (NFA) for ex-servicemen and women. The event was hosted by HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of the Not Forgotten Association, who welcomed over 2,500 guests from over 120 military organisations to Buckingham Palace. 

The Royal Family has a long-standing association with the charity which was established in 1920, ‘To provide comfort, cheer and entertainment for the wounded ex-servicemen still in hospital as a result of the Great War’. The tradition of providing entertainment for guests continues to this day, with today's guests being able to sample some traditional tea and cake and explore the beautiful Buckingham Palace Garden.

Emma Ansley, Activities Coordinator from Court Regis care home said, "What an amazing day spent at Buckingham Palace! It was such an honour and privilege to escort three of our veterans to the Not Forgotten Associations’ Annual Garden Party. We started off our day with a picnic stop at Greenwich Park and enjoyed the sunshine and views. We then went on to the Palace where we enjoyed afternoon tea and met countless celebrities who took the time to speak to our veterans about their experiences during their time in service. It was a pleasure to watch the chaps living the day with their family members when they arrived home in the evening."

Pauline Sheedy, Field Care Coordinator, took one of the home care clients Arthur to the garden party, she spoke about how Arthur had been so excited to attend and was delighted when his official invitation arrived.

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Pauline said "When Arthur and I talked through the opportunity of attending the Garden Party it evoked memories with Arthur which he was keen to share with me and share his experiences in the war. Arthur fought in the desert when he was 19 years old and was shot in the leg, he remembered how he had to continue fighting for 4 days and nights whilst being wounded. We spent a long time that afternoon chatting about the old times and Arthur was delighted he had the opportunity to attend the Royal Garden Party. Arthur’s highlights were having his photo taken with celebrities and the food. He said he will never forget the day and to me that’s what it’s all about".

The Not Forgotten Association is uniquely privileged to hold a Garden Party annually by kind permission of Her Majesty the Queen. This privilege dates back to the first Royal Patron HRH the Princess Mary who invited 600 seriously wounded for afternoon tea.

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