Hungerford’s Mayor Helen Simpson Takes Tea at the Palace

Each year, the Queen hosts several garden parties at Buckingham Palace to reward the efforts of those who carry out voluntary roles within their local communities. Dean and I were lucky enough to be invited to the event held on 29th May. We had the most amazing day and made some wonderful memories we will both treasure.

We met several of the Queen’s aides who were very forthcoming with stories of their visits to Hungerford. It was such a huge honour to represent the town and its residents and a joy to hear how very well thought of our beautiful town is from the outside.

Among the many guests were the captains of all the international cricket teams participating in the current World Cup (but we didn’t get to meet any of them).

The afternoon tea itself, as you might imagine, was pretty excellent (though Dean was kind enough to say that he thought my home-made  lemon drizzle cake was better). Mind you, about 20,000 slices of cake are consumed at the event and if I had to cook on that scale my standards might slip a bit.

We were very lucky to be front row in the line up and enjoyed a very good view of the royal party, Luckily the Duke of Sussex was allocated to walk past our lane and I congratulated him on the recent royal birth. I was so impressed with the relaxed, informal way he engaged with the public, kneeling to chat with guests in wheelchairs was very touching to witness.

If you hadn’t noticed, I love our royal family and as yet haven’t come down from the excitement of the day. Long live the Queen!

Helen Simpson
Mayor of Hungerford


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