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

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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

Dar­ren Pepe

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