Peter Brooks, Head of Library Services, and Theano Manoli were very pleased to be among a small number of RAU staff given the opportunity to attend the Royal Garden Party last week (10 May) – especially so in this year of HM The Queen’s 90th birthday.
Nearly 8,000 guests gathered on the lawns of Buckingham Palace as the Queen arrived to the National Anthem. Despite the rain, the Queen and Prince Philip chatted to a number of guests before taking tea in the Royal Tent. Other members of the royal family who attended included The Duke of York, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Princess Alexandra.
The very British weather did not dampen guests’ spirits, and people from all walks of life mingled in very good humour. Many took the opportunity to explore the 40-acre Palace gardens that normally remain hidden to members of the public, whilst others enjoyed their royal afternoon tea accompanied by an eclectic variety of music played by two military bands.
As you might imagine, everything was expertly managed by Palace staff, not least the 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches, and 20,000 slices of cake that were served by around 400 staff!
Also, we were very pleasantly surprised and amused by the coincidence of bumping into Kathryn Greaves, the Library Services Manager at Harper Adams University!
Thanks to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Gaskell, who made this fantastic opportunity available.