Garden parties are good opportunities for members of the Royal Family to meet and thank members of the community for their service. But one of those meetings the Queen had on Wednesday (May 30) was actually a reunion!
Margaret Baxter first met Her Majesty in Portsmouth in the 1940s – almost a decade before Elizabeth became Queen, when she was still a Princess of York. At the time, Margaret had been serving as a junior officer in the women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service in World War II. Elizabeth was also actively involved in the British war effort and served in the same volunteer group. The future monarch worked a driver and mechanic, and was also named an honourary junior commander for her efforts in 1945.
When the two women met again on Wednesday at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Family released photos of their first introduction and this week’s conversation.
Today Mrs Margaret Baxter (far left) was presented to Her Majesty, during which they reminisced about their first meeting, when the then Princess Elizabeth visited, Portsmouth in 1940s. #GardenPartypic.twitter.com/i77frowhEc
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 29, 2019
It must have been quite a blast from the past for the Queen and Margaret to see each other again! At the time of their first meeting, George VI, Elizabeth’s father, was King. Just a few years later, Elizabeth would go on to marry Prince Philip in 1947 and have her first two children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, in 1948 and 1950, respectively. Nearly two years after Anne’s birth, Elizabeth became Queen when George VI suddenly passed away at age 56. The rest, as they say, is history. It’s incredible what can happen in just a few short years, let alone 70!
This was the Queen’s second garden party of 2019. Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, the Duchess of Gloucester and Prince Michael and Princess Michael of Kent were on hand to help her greet members of the public on Wednesday. Last week, Duchess Kate and Prince Williamattended the festivities. Prince Charles hosted the first party of the year, which saw appearances by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Anne, while the Queen was in Windsor.