A 93-year-old woman told the Prince of Wales how she slept on the pavement for three nights to see his grandmother’s coronation.
Dame Elizabeth Watts was one of thousands of guests at Buckingham Palace for a garden party on Tuesday where William and the Princess of Wales represented the King, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
Eight thousand people were welcomed into the grounds for the event, which celebrated the work of volunteers, military personnel and members of the public.
William and Kate were introduced to representatives from the Scouts, Maternal Mental Health Alliance and the South Wales Police, but he was soon ushered over to meet Dame Elizabeth, who has lived through the past three coronations.
Dame Elizabeth, of Solihull, told the PA news agency: “I came to Elizabeth’s coronation and slept on the pavement for three nights.
“I had measles for George’s coronation when I was seven years old. Of course, there was no television then so I couldn’t watch it but we had an accumulator radio.”
Speaking about Charles’s coronation, she said: “We watched the coronation at home, on Sunday we had a street party and on Monday I had to recuperate ready to come here.”
Dame Elizabeth added: “It means absolutely everything [to be at the garden party]. I was so surprised, I was nominated by St John Ambulance Service because I’ve done 79 years of voluntary service and when I was invited I was just amazed.
“I can’t do events now but I’m still on some of their committees. I’ve done everything, I’m not being funny. I joined as a cadet then I ran a cadet division and since then I have been the deputy commissioner.”
The garden party was held at Buckingham Palace, with Kate and William representing the King. Also in attendance were Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh.
Kate, 41, recycled her beautiful blue Elie Saab dress – which she had previously worn to Royal Ascot in 2019. She completed the sustainable ensemble with a Philip Treacy hat with floral adornments and the same silver clutch bag.
Meanwhile, William, 40, looked dapper in a baby blue waistcoat, tie and white shirt, which he paired with a traditional tailcoat and top hat.
Sophie also wore a stylish blue dress, a shade lighter than Kate’s. And Edward donned a black and grey suit, to which he added a splash of colour with a red print tie.
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