The Queen Hosts Tea Party As She Prepares To Make History

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The Queen Hosts Tea Party As She Prepares To Make History

The Queen has hosted a tea party for
locals in the ballroom at Sandringham House on the eve of her 70th anniversary
as monarch.

Ahead of her historic milestone, she cut a special cake bearing the
Platinum Jubilee logo and received a posy of flowers, including one of her
favourites, lily of the valley, plus others that formed part of her Coronation
bouquet in 1953. Entertainment was provided by Hunstanton Concert Band, who
played “Congratulations” for Her Majesty as she departed the event.

Her Majesty, who was chatty and appeared in her element as she spoke
with guests, looked typically stylish for the occasion, wearing an Angela
Kelly wedgewood blue crepe with white brocade dress, accessorizing with her
trademark black handbag and carrying a wooden walking stick.

The Queen, who on February 6 will privately mark seven decades on the
throne, was joined by fellow members of the Sandringham Women’s Institute and
pensioners living on her Norfolk estate and their families.

The Queen was described as being on “sparkling” form by Yvonne Browne,
vice-president and chairman of the Sandringham WI after she joked and laughed
with her guests at the Sandringham reception.

The 95-year-old head of state arrived at the event with a wooden walking
stick she leaned on sagely as she leaned forward to chat to the visitors who
were seated around tables waiting for a tea to be served but stood up to chat
to the Queen.

The Queen Hosts Tea Party As She Prepares To Make History

The Queen wore a beautiful blue embroidered dress

One of the first guests she met was Angela Wood who as a student was
tasked by royal florist and cookery doyenne Constance Spry and cordon bleu chef
Rosemary Hume to help perfect their dish of Coronation Chicken for the crowning
of the Queen in 1953.

Mrs Wood made the Queen laugh when she told the monarch she spent “days
and days altering it for Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume”.

Commenting on how the recipe for coronation chicken has likely developed
over the years the Queen told Angela: “It’s probably changed because in those
days we did some things quite differently.”

The Queen Hosts Tea Party As She Prepares To Make History

Her Majesty and Angela Wood

Shaun Mason, a junior sous chef, had created tiny bite-sized morsels of
the coronation chicken, chicken with curry spices, apricot in a savoury
tartlet, and he carried a tray of his creations into the ballroom and announced
they were available to sample.

As the morsels were placed between the Queen and Mrs. Wood to try, the
room erupted with laughter when the Queen quipped “I’ll go away”, she turned to
add: “You can tell me (what you think) when I come back.

The Queen Hosts Tea Party As She Prepares To Make History

The Queen was described as being on ‘sparkling form’

Also joining the party were staff and volunteers from local charities
Little Discoverers, which provides early education for pre-school children with
movement difficulties and delayed development, and West Norfolk Befriending,
which matches isolated older people with trained Befrienders who visit on a
regular basis.

Harry Humphrey, Mayor of King’s Lynn, also presented the Queen with a
Loyal Address and Platinum Jubilee Mosaic created by schoolchildren from across
West Norfolk.

The Queen Hosts Tea Party As She Prepares To Make History

Her Majesty wrapped up in a chic coat

The Queen has been a member of the Sandringham branch of the Women’s
Institute since 1943, later taking over as President of the organization from
the Queen Mother following her death in 2002. She has regularly attended
meetings of the group in West Newton over the decades.

The Queen traditionally spends the anniversary of her accession to the
throne in private at Sandringham, the place where her beloved father King
George VI passed away in the early hours of February 6, 1952.

 

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