Buckingham Palace Garden Party


Following a nomination by Girlguiding Surrey West County for my work in leading the fundraising and renovation at Weybridge Guide Hall over many years; I was delighted to attend a Buckingham Palace Garden Party on Tuesday 21st May. 

The story of Weybridge Guide Hall is a long one given it is a site with more than your average number of obstacles.  The hall is sited on part of the former Oatlands Palace, meaning the grounds are protected by Scheduled Ancient Monument Consent.  Over many phases of project work we have dealt with subsidence, remodelling and updating the facilities at the hall.

On a beautiful sunny afternoon I queued outside Buckingham Palace with many hundreds of other guests waiting to enter the grounds.  I was proud to be representing Girlguiding and felt smart in my formal uniform for the occasion.

Once I had entered the grounds I wandered up through the gardens to the main lawn to await the arrival of The Queen and Members of the Royal Family on the terrace.  I watched The Queen's arrival as the National Anthem was played by one of the bands and managed to get a few photos from afar before she headed down into the gardens to speak with people.  William and Kate were also present and easier to spot through the crowds as they are a lot taller than The Queen.  I then made a visit to the Tea Tent for a few sandwiches and cakes; the Victoria sponge being my favourite followed by the Strawberry Choux Bun.  I had time to explore the gardens and spent time meandering through the rose garden before walking by the lake back up to the main lawn as the garden party drew to a close. 

Overall it was a very interesting day and one I will remember; I think our end of term party at Brownies will have a Royal Garden Party theme!

Janet Cowley

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