a right royal soirée in Snitterfield village Hall when
the WI celebrated the recent visit by Pauline Brace to Buckingham
Palace. Candles, white lace cloths, dainty flower arrangements
and bottles of sparkling wine adorned the tables, while a delicious,
traditional jam and cream-filled sponge cake with our coffee,
rounded off the evening splendidly.
The lady of the hour came in her garden party outfit: a black
and white suit sparkling with jet and silver in understated
elegance. We asked about a matching hat but she told us she
was happy not to have worn one, as the sharp wind had resulted
in a game of catch the hat as expensive creations
bowled across the palace lawns, pursued by high-heeled owners.
Greeting the 8,000 WI members were the Duchess of Cornwall and
the Countess of Wessex, both friendly and gracious, interested
in their guests and impeccably dressed. The organisation for
hand-shaking ran smoothly, with Beefeaters and helpful London
bobbies marshalling the long queues in a subtle way. There were
marquees on the lawns for the (rather sparse) teas, while the
lake and magnificent trees provided areas of interest for the
strolling ladies. The mild weather was occasionally sunny
perfect for a royal occasion and Pauline counted herself
fortunate to have been chosen as our representative.
Follow that, as they say, but our Committee did
so by bringing all manner of useful and interesting articles
they had made entirely from recycled materials. The old adages
make do and mend and waste not, want not
were admirably proved..
Our next meeting, on July 8, promises to be different in many
ways, when Lady Elizabeth Cavendish will tell us about The
Begums of Nepal.