Queen thanks garden party guests
The Queen has thanked ordinary members of the public for their contribution to community life at a Diamond Jubilee garden party.
She attended the event at Sandringham in Norfolk without the Duke of Edinburgh as he continued to recover from a bladder infection. She was accompanied instead by the Duke of York.
Wearing an apricot hat and overcoat, she arrived to a fanfare from the band of the Royal Marines before mingling with the 3,500 guests.
Tuesday's event was the first garden party to be held at Sandringham since a similar event to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002. It was organised to pay tribute to people from Norfolk and Suffolk for their contribution to the life and welfare of their communities.
Among them was Joy Bradshaw, 80, originally from Dublin but who has lived in West Earlham, Norwich, since childhood. She was invited in recognition of her 23 years volunteering for Meals on Wheels.
Miss Bradshaw said: "I cared for my parents for 20 years and decided to volunteer after that. It was enormously rewarding because sometimes I was the only person who ever visited some people. I was so surprised to be invited here today and it is a wonderful honour."
Students from City College Norwich, West Anglia College, King's Lynn, and Great Yarmouth College provided the catering for the party. This involved making 4,000 chocolate tarts, red, white and blue macaroons and scones.
Connor Carway, a City College Norwich student, said: "We spent the whole of yesterday preparing the food. It's been a challenge but great fun."
The Duke missed the event after leaving hospital on Saturday. He fell ill following the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, when he was on board the Spirit Of Chartwell royal barge in a flotilla of 1,000 boats along the Thames in wet and cold conditions. He is continuing to convalesce, said Buckingham Palace.
Bringing the day to a close, Richard Jewson, Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, called for three cheers in thanks for the Queen's 60 years of service. Referring to the Duke of Edinburgh, he added: "It is very sad that His Royal Highness is unable to be here personally. Please give him our warmest wishes."
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