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20/07/10 - Susan Allan's Blog
20th July 2010
I’ve just arrived back from visiting the Queen at Holyrood Palace,
to find a nagging e-mail from Andy about my blog. He obviously didn’t
know I was away hob-knobbing with royalty!
I haven’t had time to visit the garden here yet but I’ll tell
you a bit about my visit to Edinburgh. I was representing the Trust at the
Royal Garden Party along with three other members of the trust and their
guests. We were each allowed to invite one person to go with us. Not that
I saw any of the others there. I thought I might be able to spot Lucas over
the heads of everyone else as he is so tall but there were hundreds of folk
I took one of my sisters with me. (I have four – sisters that is!).
The weather was dry but windy so we had to hold onto our hats! We were fairly
near the front of the queue for the east gate into the garden when it opened
just before 3pm. We were ushered towards the tea tent almost immediately.
There was a tremendous variety of dainty morsels to eat and you could have
iced coffee, tea, lemonade or orangeade to drink. None of that bottled stuff
you get in the shops but proper home made stuff! We were lucky to find a
table with a mother and daughter from Motherwell who allowed us to join
them. The daughter was a guider who worked over the internet with girls
that wouldn’t otherwise be able to join the Guides. The Guide movement
is a hundred years old this year and 100 guides were chosen to attend the
party and some of them were introduced to the Queen. After we had eaten
our tea we moved to an area where we had been told the Queen would be passing.
Two of the people in front of us were drawn out of the crowd to go and meet
the Queen. So we were about 10 yards from her.
After we had seen her we moved away to allow others behind us to catch a
glimpse of her. I’m afraid we went back and had a second tea! Then
we had ice cream and by the time we had finished that it was time to go
home. We had a lovely afternoon. We were extremely lucky with the weather
as the day after was wet and windy!