The Garden Party
Held by kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen, our annual Garden Party at Buckingham Palace is one of our ‘flagship’ events. It is a great and unique privilege for the Association to be allowed to maintain such an important tradition for our beneficiaries.
In 2014 Her Majesty The Queen’s presence at the Garden Party ensured that this event would be the most memorable for many years. The Queen was accompanied by HRH The Duke of York who kindly stayed to take the salute at Beating Retreat – the first time in the charity’s history that a member of the Royal Family had taken the salute.
Nearly 1,900 war pensioners, beneficiaries of all ages and services, VIPs and supporters were in attendance and the weather could not have been kinder.
Her Majesty spoke to every veteran and beneficiary in her presentation groups to the delight of those who had been selected and of their guests, whilst The Duke of York spoke to all those in a second line-up. Both Her Majesty and The Duke stayed much longer than programmed. After they had met those in the presentation groups, the royal guests then met representatives of other service charities, organisations and individuals who provide generous support to the NFA. Her Majesty’s presence in this centenary anniversary year of The Great War which gave rise to The Not Forgotten Association was very much appreciated.
The many letters, emails, telephone calls and messages to the office all bear witness to the importance, as well as the enjoyment, of this unique occasion. We are hugely grateful to everyone who helped to make the day such a great success, including our Official Volunteers, the many service helpers, the Buckingham Palace staff and the Band of The Scots Guards who played throughout the afternoon. June 26th 2014 will long be remembered as a milestone in this charity’s history.
“It means so much that our veterans have been recognised for their service and have not been forgotten.” (Mr D.H.)
“Invitations to such events make a huge positive impact on those who attend, knowing they are valued and in people’s thoughts.” (Ms B.H.)