Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra has opened the Royal Star & Garter: 100 Years of Care exhibition at The Royal Star & Garter Homes and the Museum of Richmond. Princess Alexandra viewed the artefacts of the exhibition with the president of The Royal Star & Garter Homes and she spoke to the assembled supporters of both the organisations. The Royal Star & Garter Homes is a charity which has provided care for ex-service members since 1916.
The Royal Star & Garter: 100 Years of Care exhibition, which opened on Wednesday provides an insight into life in the homes over the last century through photographs, paintings, artefacts and personal diaries. It charts the life for the disabled veterans who lived there and nurses who cared for them during the First World War and the bravery of residents who served in the Second World War. The exhibition also celebrates the pioneering work of Dr Ludwig Guttmann, the German-born British Neurologist who established the Paralympic Games in England.
Andy Cole, the chief executive of The Royal Star & Garter Homes, said: “At the end of our centennial year, which we share with the centenaries of the Battles of the Somme and Jutland, we are proud to share our history with the public through this wonderful exhibition, which encapsulates the spirit of the charity. Richmond remains our spiritual home and our long history is deeply entrenched in the area.”
Princess Alexandra is a cousin of Her Majesty The Queen. She is the daughter of Prince George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Her older brother Edward is the current Duke of Kent. Princess Alexandra was a bridesmaid for the ten Princess Elizabeth for her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh. She married the Hon. Angus James Bruce Ogilvy (later The Rt Hon. Sir Angus Ogilvy) in 1963 and together they have a son, James and a daughter, Marina.