Scottish War Blinded Represented at Queens Garden Party

Posted: 22/07/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

David McLennan, accompanied by his wife Anne, represented Scottish War Blinded at the Queens Garden Party at Holyrood Palace on Tuesday 1 July 2014.

Anne McLennan describes their experience:

“Our excitement started in February when Rosie, Scottish War Blinded Outreach Manager, asked if we would be prepared to represent SWB on the 1st of July.  I, in particular, was over the moon - what an honour!

Scottish War Blinded Member attends Royal Garden PartyOn the 10th of May my sister, niece and I descended on Edinburgh to dress shop.  What a day we had - and the result is in the photograph.  The anticipation was wonderful. 

The invitation arrived five weeks before the event postmarked Buckingham Palace and inside read "The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by Her Majesty to invite Mr. and Mrs. David McLennan..................."

On Monday 30th June I drove to Linburn and picked David up.  We stayed with my sister in Lasswade and had a wonderful evening lapping up the attention and excitement with her family.

On the morning of Tuesday 1 July 2014 it was all go - hair, make-up, labels off new clothes.  At last we were ready to savour the thrill of being part of this wonderful day. 

My sister had arranged a taxi and we felt like royalty ourselves with the blue GP (Garden Party) sticker on the windscreen.  The weather was wonderful and there was a feeling of great pride in the masses of people attending.  The tea tents were huge and we just had to have the obligatory cucumber sandwiches (with mint). 

We watched and listened to the Royal Marines Band.  A real feature was the appearance of The Royal Company of Archers resplendent with their feathers and bows.  Despite the crush of people, we were very fortunate to get a glimpse of The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. 

After we got home eight of us celebrated the day with a family meal.

We both feel immensely privileged and proud to represent SWB at such a prestigious event and can only say a heartfelt thank you for being honoured in this way.”