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The Queen enjoys tea with the Women’s Institute

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth had her annual visit with members of the Women’s Institute (WI) at West Newton village hall on Thursday as part of her winter stay on the Sandringham estate.

Arriving in a green Range Rover and dressed in a dashing royal blue outfit, The Queen was greeted by the National Anthem sung by around 25 of the members.

Channel Five presenter Sian Williams also formed part of the visit as this year’s guest speaker. Ms Williams said:  “When I got the call from the branch chairwoman Yvonne Brown, I wasn’t sure I could make it because of work commitments.

“Then she pointed out it was an invitation from the president, the Queen, and I didn’t feel I could say no.

“I’m very nervous as it’s the smallest but most intimidating audience I’ll ever speak in front of.

“Last time I met the Queen I didn’t know whether to nod or curtsy or bow so did all three. This time I better get it right.”

There were rumours that the Duchess of Cambridge, who resides with her husband Prince William and their two children at the nearby Anmer Hall, would be joining in as last year Kate wrote to the branch showing an interest in joining the Women’s Institute. Yet there was no sign of her throughout the afternoon.

Last year The Queen, alongside the Princess Royal and Countess of Wessex, opened the centenary annual meeting of the Women’s Institute at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Queen Elizabeth joined WI in 1943. During the centenary meeting, The Queen received a commemorative baton and spoke at the event saying:  “Over the past 100 years the Women’s Institute has continued to grow and evolve with its members to stay relevant and forward-thinking,

“In 2015 the Women’s Institute continues to demonstrate it can make a real difference to the lives of women of all ages and backgrounds.”

The Women’s Institute has 6,600 branches across 69 federations in England, Wales, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man with 212,000 members.


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