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The Patron's Lunch

Pride in the work we do!

20 June 2016
The Patron's Lunch

The magnificent Patron's Lunch celebrations on Sunday 12 June, provided a very special opportunity for all who have been touched by Her Majesty The Queen to publicly thank her and to be proud of the work and service that their own charity or organisation has provided to this nation or those nations across the Commonwealth.

The Queen was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family to celebrate the occasion with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry residing as Joint-Presidents of The Patron’s Lunch; to honour the dedication shown by Her Majesty to so many charities and organisations.

In a true feat of logistics, 1,700 trestle tables were laid for 10,000 guests, marking the first time a street party has been held on The Mall. It was attended by four lucky MA raffle winners: Nick Lock and his wife, Shirley Naylor with her husband, Brian Smith and his wife and Vanessa Wayland and her daughter, together with MA Chief Executive Chris Brace with his wife Jenny and MA Chairman, Malcolm Richardson with his wife Judith. Decked out in ponchos and supplied with M & S hampers, filled with food from the British Isles, all enjoyed a fantastic parade in honour of those taking part.

The procession included dancers, marching bands, a giant bird of prey along with various other British wildlife, and colourful signs displaying the names of all those represented. Later, the sun finally appeared for the royal walkabout as the Queen and Prince Philip made their way past the crowds in an open top car to the stage where she paid tribute to the attendees and thanked well-wishers, humorously quipping: “How I will feel if people are still singing happy birthday in December remains to be seen.”

It was a truly special occasion and all had a memorable day!

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