A short while ago, representatives of all W.I. groups were invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate the centenary of the W.I. in the U.K. For all those who could not attend, our Not the Queen’s Garden Party on July 20th proved an excellent opportunity to sport our finest feathers and nibble cucumber sandwiches in the best company.
Just before 2.00 p.m., when guests were expected, the weather was still pretty grey and mizzly – but, fortunately, the sun came out and we were able to enjoy the lovely garden of our hosts, Liz and John Anderson, in the Lamorna Valley. Our guest of honour, County Chairman Barbara Corbett, arrived with not only her escort (long-suffering husband) but also the real Queen, if only in effigy!
As well as from Mount’s Bay, there were members from Sheffield, St. Buryan, St. Just, Pendeen, Zennor, Madron, Gulval and Perranuthnoe W.I.s. The waiting staff, ably led by butler John Anderson, were magnificent and kept the tea (and cakes!) coming all afternoon. Meanwhile, a host of splendid hats were on display – including fascinators and a fez! – everyone had the opportunity to be photographed with the Queen, and a right royal time was had by all.