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By AndrewR


How’s this for one-up-man-ship? Yesterday I went to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party.

It was held to celebrate the centenary of the Red Cross and, as I am a volunteer fundraiser with the Berkshire Branch Open Gardens scheme, I got an invite. So I hired a morning suit from Moss Bros, put on a tie for the first time in years, debated whether to wear shoes or wellies (in the end I thought wellies would look a bit silly but not as silly as some ladies in open sandals in all that mud) and took a large umbrella.

Despite the weather, the herbaceous border looked stunning, the roses didn’t have a black spot between them and there were lots of specimen trees (some quite rare) and a large lake with cascade. For security reasons, cameras weren’t allowed in the grounds so sadly I have no photos of the day.

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Congratulations Andrew. Pity you weren't allowed to take any photographs.They would have been interesting. Volunteering to do something of benefit to others is really worthwhile.

10 Jul, 2008


What a fabulous honour Andrew! Well done! Seeing you are not allowed to take photos, wouldn't you think they would give you a 'CD of your day with some nice shots of the garden at BP'. I'd happily spend some of my tax on that for you!!

10 Jul, 2008


Glad you had a good day Andrew. We fell in love with the beautiful china, the food and catering venue as well as the spectacular garden when we were invited to a Royal household.

10 Jul, 2008


Aww, I would loved to have seen you in those wellies WOOHOO!!

10 Jul, 2008


What a great experience! did Her Majesty appear under a royal umbrella? ;-)

10 Jul, 2008


Congrats. Andrew. You must have had a photo taken in your Moss.Bros. special. Come on do'nt be shy.

10 Jul, 2008


No spritz, it was Charles, Camilla and Princess Alexandra. Saw the latter briefly through a haze of umbrellas but I was much more interested in the plants :-)

10 Jul, 2008

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