Couple savour day at Holyrood with Queen


AFTERNOON tea with the Queen was great delight for Canonbie couple Catherine and Malcolm Lithgow.

They had been invited by the Queen to attend the Garden Party at Holyrood House in Edinburgh in recognition of Catherine's fundraising efforts for the MS Society.

Catherine, who works for Langholm day centre, said: "We had such a fantastic day. We arrived just before 3pm and the rain, which had been falling all morning, finally stopped so, although the afternoon was cold, we didn't get wet.

The tea laid out in the huge marquees was mouthwatering, with a large selection of dainty sandwiches, cakes and tarts. There was plenty of hot tea and even more iced coffee (not many takers).

"We had so much to look at with stunning outfits, pressed uniforms and a great variety of hats. There was a pipe band and brass band to entertain.

"We were escorted to a fabulous spot by one of the Royal Constables so we could view the Queen, Prince Philip and the Duke of York as they came down the steps at the side of Holyroodhouse and walked to the Royal tea tent.

"A member of the Royal household came to talk to us and took a note of our names and, along with three other couples, we were presented to and shook hands with Prince Andrew.

"He chatted to us and asked about my community activities and fundraising walks to raise money for the MS Society. He was unsure where Canonbie was but had knowledge of Langholm.

"After all this excitement, we visited the tea tent again to taste any delicacies we had missed the first time around and have ice-cream, of which, unsurprisingly, there was a surfeit.

"When the Queen had left, we stayed to chat with other guests until, eventually, it was time for us also to leave."

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 4:09PM
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