Kay attends Garden Party at the Palace

by swisscottage / June 7th, 2013 / in Archive 2012/13 / 0 Comments

Kay was delighted to have glorious sunshine over London as she attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 6th of June as part of her OBE celebration.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived at precisely 4pm and everyone stood to attention as the Band of the Coldstream Guards played the national anthem to signify the monarch’s arrival.

Accompanied by the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Prince and Princess of Kent, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh circulated among the guests through ‘lanes’ allowing guests equal chances of speaking to Her Majesty or other members of the Royal Family.

I had a very close view of her – approximately six feet away, as she talked to a couple” said Kay “She was immaculately dressed and she smiled a lot as she spoke with  some chosen  people for a few minutes each time”

Tea and other refreshments are served from long buffet tables inside Tea Tents. The quantities served are enormous with a typical garden party serving around; 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake. Some 400 waiting staff are involved in the serving.

“It was very informal, unlike my OBE investiture in January. We were free to wander around the gardens which were magnificent; military bands were playing; afternoon tea was served from a very large marquee for all the guests; the Royals plus invited guests such as the new Archbishop, had a Royal tea tent; and Diplomats had their own tent.”

At about 6.00 pm, The Queen and other members of the Royal Family left the garden, when the National Anthem was played to mark the end of the party.

“.. It was a real privilege to be invited, to see the Queen close up and to walk around her garden

Kay received her OBE from Prince Charles (shown above) in January for her tireless commitment, dedication and contribution to the Swiss Cottage School community and her outstanding leadership in raising the quality of special needs education generally, both in this country and more widely on the International stage.

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