Royal visitor greets carers at party
Bucks rolled out the red carpet for royalty last week when the Duke of Gloucester visited. TOM HERBERT and JACK ABELL report
CARERS were honoured when they met royalty on a visit to Buckingham- shire.
His Royal Highness Prince Richard the Duke of Gloucester visited staff from Universal Care, in Beaconsfield, on his visit on July 1.
The Duke, who is the Queen’s cousin and 24th in line to the throne, went to a garden party at Bradbury House hosted by the home-based care agency, where he chatted with staff.
He also handed out long service awards to seven carers who have worked for the agency for up to 20 years, in recognition of their service.
Univeral Care organises its garden party annually
EXPECTANT: Dignitaries line for the Duke of Gloucester’s visit to thank carers and clients for their support and this was the first time it has been visited by royalty.
Chairman of the organisation, Peter Cullimore, said: “We were very honoured to have a royal visit for the first time. It was a lovely afternoon, very hot, but the Duke spent time talking to everyone and he presented the awards to our long-serving staff.
“It was a nice way to recognise the contributions that they have made over the years. They are very deserving of the awards because of all of the work they do with older people in the comfort of our clients’ homes.”
The event was also attended by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, as well as other local dignitaries.
Earlier in the day, the Duke had visited Alfriston School in Penn Road, Beaconsfield, to see the new swimming pool there, which has been designed specifically for children with disabilities and special educational needs and is also available for use by the wider community.
He formally opened the pool, which last month was named the winner of an architectural award because of its design.
ROYAL VISIT: The Duke of Gloucester visits Bradbury House in Windsor End, Beaconsfield, to the delight of Universal Care carers, inset
BEST FROCK: Carers and clients waited with excitement to meet the Duke of Gloucester
ARRIVAL: The Duke arrives and meets staff