In the autumn of 2016 the Kew Guild received an invitation from the Master of the Household at Buckingham Palace indicating that Her Majesty the Queen had invited three representatives of the Kew Guild to attend a reception to be given at the Palace.
The reception was held to celebrate the Patronages and Affiliations of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, who is the Patron of the Kew Guild. On the 29th November Your President, immediate Past President and Membership Secretary, Sylvia Phillips, attended the reception at Buckingham Palace which was held in one of the main reception galleries. There was an amazing cross section of organisations represented and those present were numbered in their hundreds. After the initial speeches the guests were presented with a superb selection of hors d’oeuvres and copious amounts of champagne. At this point Her Majesty passed through the room holding conversations with many of the groups represented there.
The Kew Guild representatives were lucky to be able to hold a lengthy conversation regarding our work with Her Majesty and she showed considerable interest in the support that we give to the students. She was particularly impressed with the practical aspects of their course and stated that in this age of new technology and the internet there was still an important place for those that could actually do the work.
The reception lasted for almost two hours and at the end it was a great honour to leave the Palace through those oft photographed main gates. Your past president’s family were waiting to meet us and keen to take photographs which did give us the air of being “greeted by the press.”
All in all, a most memorable night.
Sylvia Phillips and Tony Overland outside Buckingham Palace