Whereas the majority of the Royal Family attended the Patron’s Lunch in the Mall, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a local event near Highgrove, their Gloucestershire home. Just like the way the skies in London cleared for the arrival of the Royal party when they all came down the Mall to meet those attending, so the sun shone down on the Cotswold village of Brimpsfield when the couple attended following the 35-minute drive.
The event had been organised by The Big Lunch, which encourages people to have lunch together. Not just for one-off occasions like this, but more frequently to boost community spirit. When they arrived at the event, they were greeted by about 20 local schoolchildren in fancy dress as kings, queens and a corgi. They then chatted with villagers dressed in red, white and blue, and joined them around tables for the egg & cress sandwiches. Prince Charles washed his meal down with a pint of beer, whilst the Duchess preferred a cup of tea.
The meal was one of many organised by The Big Lunch across the country, on Sunday 12th June as part of the celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday. They were honoured and grateful that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were able to join the celebrations and meet their neighbours. The Big Lunch has been an annual event since 2009, and last year over seven million people took part in 50,000 events. It is hoped that this year’s event will top the ten million.
Peter Stewart MVO, Executive Director of the Eden Project where the idea for The Big Lunch came from said:
“The annual event gives people a reason to make contact with their neighbours – perhaps for the first time. The Big Lunch is about much more than just the one day – it helps build relationships and friendships both before and after the event itself, which are the foundations for building stronger communities across the UK.”
The Eden Project started The Big Lunch in 2009 in the belief that we, as a society, are better equipped to tackle the challenges that we face when we face them together. It’s the perfect recipe for having fun with your neighbours, feeding community spirit and helping to build stronger neighbourhoods.
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