Will you be at Royal Diamond Jubilee garden partyBy Victoria Smith
May 18, 2012
A lucky group of people from Bracknell will rub shoulders with royalty at a Berkshire garden party for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Former television fitness star Lizzie Webb drew 38 names from the Bracknell area who put their name forward for the ballot to receive tickets to a party with Her Majesty at the University of Reading’s Greenlands Campus near Henley.
A Bracknell person was the first out of the box at the draw on Wednesday, May 9, last week.
The event will be attended by 4,000 guests, as well as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, and has been organised by the Lord Lieutenants of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Members of the public successful in the ballot will join guests from all walks of public life including representatives of voluntary organisations and charities, together with civic, community and business leaders.
The successful applicants were drawn at a special event held at Berkshire Community Foundation in Reading, which was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire Mary Bayliss, High Sheriff Mr Charles Brims, and mayors of the six unitary authorities of Berkshire.
The Hon Mrs Bayliss said: “I am delighted that so many people in Berkshire applied to join us on June 25. It will be a fabulous way to celebrate this historic event – in fact, the Queen is only the second monarch in our history to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee.
“We are deeply honoured that The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a garden party that will be a celebration of life in the three counties and the part that The Queen has played over the last 60 years. And we are delighted to be working with the University and the Henley Business School and believe the Greenlands campus is the perfect venue for what will be a wonderful event to mark this astonishing anniversary.
“A key part of the day is to set up the Jubilee Fund for the four Community Foundations in the three counties who carry out such wonderful work.”
Andrew Middleton, chief executive of Berkshire Community Foundation, said: “2012 is an extraordinary year and we are thrilled that Berkshire Community Foundation is involved in this unique event to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
“There will be so many Berkshire people from all walks of life, including the voluntary sector and local charities, attending this very special event. The Jubilee Fund for Berkshire will create a lasting legacy to help local people.
“It will be used to support future grants to voluntary groups and individuals, and we are especially pleased that the event on June 25 will be supporting this worthwhile fund. It promises to be a great day for all.”
The event will begin with a river pageant marking the role and impact of the River Thames on the Thames Valley region for more than 1,000 years.
More than 30 boats, including a Viking boat crewed by University of Reading rowers, will feature in the pageant showcasing all aspects of the river.
Individuals from across the three counties will meet the Queen, including those representing business and the public and voluntary sectors. These will include Bracknell Forest Standard editor Andy Murrill.