Bond dines out on her royal rec­ol­lec­tions

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY SANDY RASHTY

AS THE BBC’s royal cor­re­spon­dent, Jen­nie Bond fol­lowed the Bri­tish monar­chy around the world for close on 15 years.

She made the Queen laugh, was scolded by Prince Philip and en­joyed a good re­la­tion­ship with Prince Charles and Princess Di.

So the vet­eran broad­caster was an ap­po­site choice to ad­dress more than 230 guests at a women’s lunch in Finch­ley in aid of Nor­wood, the one Jewish char­ity to have the Queen as its pa­tron. The lunch also marked Nor­wood’s 200th year of royal back­ing.

Speak­ing be­fore­hand, Ms Bond said: “The pub­lic un­der­stand that the monar­chy raise the pro­file of char­i­ties such as Nor­wood. If they didn’t do this kind of work, what would they do? They might be­come in­vis­i­ble.

“The Queen al­ways says: ‘I have to be seen.’ She knows that the very point of the in­sti­tu­tion to do good work.”

Ms Bond be­lieved the Queen had never vis­ited Is­rael be­cause “it’s too po­lit­i­cally sen­si­tive”.

She was pos­i­tive about the fu­ture, given that the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge had achieved “global su­per­star sta­tus — they have made the monar­chy quite cool”. Prince Charles would make a good and in­clu­sive king. “I hope peo­ple will see the man I know; a very deep-think­ing, well-mean­ing, phil­an­thropic man.”

An­other speaker was Rina Stein­berg, who told guests that Nor­wood had given her daugh­ter, Ella — who has SturgeWe­ber syn­drome, a con­di­tion af­fect­ing the skin, brain and eyes — life-chang­ing sup­port for more than 15 years.

“Nor­wood has been a con­stant in Ella’s life and ours,” she said. “I know that Nor­wood will al­ways be here to sup­port her. And this gives me great peace of mind go­ing for­ward.”

The lunch raised £50,000 for the chil­dren and fam­i­lies char­ity.

PHOTO: PAUL TOEMAN

Jen­nie Bond at the Nor­wood lunch

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