Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace
On Thursday 26th May a few residents from Avante Care & Supports care homes were thrilled to be invited and attend the Annual Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
The event was held by “The Not Forgotten Association” (NFA) for ex-servicemen and women and was attended by HRH The Duke of York and his daughters, Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York, who chatted to so many guests, delighting them with their keen interest.
The charity’s first Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Mary, established the tradition of the NFA holding an annual Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in 1921. The NFA are extremely proud and grateful to have HRH The Princess Royal as their current Patron.
It was a magnificent event enjoyed by over 2,000 beneficiaries, with War Pensioners drawn from all three services.
‘The sun shone for all that day and Albert and William were all spruced up and dressed for the occasion.
The residents met with celebrities Fatima Whitbread and Tony Blackburn to name but a few, along with the Chelsea Pensioners.
The band played and the atmosphere was terrific and enjoyed by all, but the icing on the cake for William was that he met with his sister Violet whom he hadn’t seen for a while, he was so thrilled and excited to see her as he had no idea she would be there too!’
Annette Kelly, Activities Coordinator
‘It was a great honour for me to be parking outside Buckingham Palace with our residents and walking through to the Palace gardens, you could see the excitement in all of our faces and it stayed that way throughout the day. We met many celebrities and had a long chat with the Chelsea Pensioners who came over to meet us all. There was a group of them and they spent ages with our residents. One member asked Barbara to marry him she said yes at first but shared with him she had been married 3 times before so he quickly changed his mind, Barbara found it very funny!’Joanne Thompson, Activities Coordinator
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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