Twin sisters Maggie and Emma Archibald got the surprise of their lives when they scored tickets to this week’s Buckingham Palace garden party!
Maggie made the trip to London to visit her sister, who told the Halifax Chronicle-Herald they’d applied for tickets through the High Commission of Canada. Emma said they knew they’d be meeting a member of the Royal Family, but said they jumped out of their skins when they discovered who it was while mingling on the lawn.
“They played ‘God Save the Queen’ and out walks the Queen,” she told the newspaper. “I think we both started shaking.”
Sure enough, Her Majesty walked right up to the Nova Scotians to say hello. Emma said the two shook hands with the monarch and curtsied, but admitted to being so nervous she forgot their entire conversation.
“I just babbled for a few moments,” she said.
Luckily, Maggie remembered the whole thing!
“She asked us for what we did for our jobs and I explained to her that I am a content marketing specialist and do a lot of work in social media, and she said, ‘Oh, that’s really fascinating, you must enjoy that,’” Maggie told the newspaper.
“It was very nerve-wracking. I just kind of put my left leg behind my right and bent down. It felt pretty cool to be able to curtsy to the Queen.”
The sisters said they really enjoyed the lavish event, which is one of several held on the gardens every year. About 30,000 guests take part each year, and the Royal Family serves about 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake at each event.
Emma told the Halifax Chronicle-Herald the food was delicious, and she was very struck by the palace’s beautiful gardens.
“They start serving tea in the main tent at 3:30, and they had sandwiches with the crust cut off, and all these little tarts with jam, and you can get tea or iced coffee,” she said.
This was the second garden party of the season. The shindigs are also held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
Duchess Kate and Prince William also attended this week’s gathering. Just before it took place, Kate received a special honour from the Queen. Her Majesty presented the mom of three with her Insignia for the title of Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victoria Order. She was given the highest ranking for the personal service she has performed on the Queen’s behalf.