A Right Royal Encounter
Donned in England hats and waving flags, residents from Milton Court Care Home made their mark when they met the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, on a royal visit to Bletchley Park on Tuesday 14th May.
Kate had been invited to the famous World War II code-breaking site to see an exhibition which marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
It was certainly a memorable day for our residents, some of whom have links with Bletchley Park and the families who worked and lived in the area. Whilst the crowd cheered, Kate paused on her parade to talk with our residents and staff after spotting our flags and hats in the throng. Being one of the few people she stopped to talk to on her walk, we were very flattered and our residents were keen to get involved.
One of our residents Phyllis was full of praise for our home and went straight into telling Kate that “It’s the best home in the world! You can even have a cooked breakfast if you want, and our Pink Ladies are amazing and organised the trip for me today!”. The Duchess congratulated our Pink Ladies for doing a sterling job.
Another resident Jessie made everyone giggle when the Duchess asked if she had enjoyed her day so far. Jessie replied, “No, I’ve been waiting here for ages doing nothing and I haven’t even had a cup of tea!” Kate laughed along with us and apologised for keeping Jessie waiting.
Kate told us that her own grandmother had worked at Bletchley Park during World War II and our residents shared their own stories and connections with the park. The Duchess took the time to listen to each of our residents, before giving everyone a royal handshake. When asked where her children were by our residents, she replied saying George was at school, Charlotte was in nursery and Louis will be causing havoc at home!
After so much excitement, we stopped to enjoy a picnic lunch in the sunshine. It was an incredible experience for all our residents and staff and we feel very fortunate to have perfectly timed our visit!
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