A further look behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace and other Royal Household activities was the subject of the June meeting of the Old Buckenham Social and Wine Circle. Patrick Thompson was back with more facts, figures and reminiscences of his time working for the Royal Family.
The subjects covered ranged from attending the recent royal wedding, the very large reductions in staffing compared with Queen Victoria’s time, how Norfolk has more landed gentry than any other county, what it is like to ride in a royal coach at Ascot and the fact that there are more vets than medical doctors on the Queen’s staff. Other items mentioned included the sewage system at Buckingham Palace, the organisation of garden parties and the problems caused by dying while in the House of Lords.
At their next meeting the Social and Wine Circle will be out-of-doors on Thursday 14 July in the garden of John and Barbara Frost in Mill Lane.