BLOG: By royal appointment

Hot and sunny with hundreds of smiling faces, 22 May 2018 was definitely a day to remember and cherish – and not just for HRH Prince Charles in whose honour a special garden party was thrown at Buckingham Palace.

There to enjoy the event, which marked his 70th birthday this November, were five representatives of St Luke’s, one of the charities selected to attend the prestigious occasion because they are close to the heart of the Prince. Members of staff Frankie Dee, Carolyn Taylor and Anne Adams, and volunteers Dazzle Tighe and Leland Johnston, were nominated by managers to attend.

Not only did their selection mean a lot to them, they were able to share together the excitement of being part of the special celebration.

Speaking about the day, Anne, who has worked at St Luke’s for nearly 27 years, said, “Walking up to the Palace gates felt a bit surreal. The atmosphere was wonderful and it was lovely to be among the many different types of charities there.

“It was so nice to dress up for an occasion like this that you’re probably not going to get the opportunity to go to again. We got to see parts of the Palace not many get to see, and even caught a few glimpses of Prince Harry and Meghan in the distance.

“It was extremely warm and we were on our feet a lot, but nothing could take away from what an amazing day it was.”

Dazzle, who has been volunteering with us for ten years – on reception at Turnchapel and as a befriender – said, “It was an honour to be one of those chosen to attend, and very exciting.

“I think everyone there felt special, and the atmosphere was great. We were so well looked after by Palace staff, and we were close enough to see Charles and Camilla. The day was made even more memorable for me by my son being there, too. He was representing Wells Cathedral School, he will be Headmaster from this September, and it was lovely that we could meet up on such an occasion.”

We’re glad you all enjoyed your special day!