ScotsCare staff and volunteers braved the rain to celebrate The Patron’s Lunch with over 600 of The Queen’s patron charities, which delivered spirit and sandwiches – and a few royal surprises!
On Sunday June 12th 2016, The Mall in St James’s Park was transformed for its largest ever street party to celebrate The Queen’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations on the occasion of her 90th birthday – and ScotsCare were there to join in the jubilations!
ScotsCare were joined by volunteers, trustees and clients of the charity to celebrate the 42 years The Queen has been our royal patron. Despite the rain the spirit never failed and the attendees enjoyed a Patron’s Hamper from Marks and Spencer and even an ice cream or two in the downpour!
In the afternoon attendees enjoyed a parade made up of representatives of the Queen’s patron charities. ScotsCare had John Rowley, a piper, march with the Southern Highlanders and proudly displayed his bagpipe banner for the crowds on The Mall to see.
The highlight of the day came as the Royals took to The Mall to speak with the charities about the work they do. Isabel, ScotsCare’s Client Support Manager, described the moment she met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:
“I was very nervous when I saw Will and Kate step out of the car and start moving up the barrier towards us. It was an honour to represent ScotsCare and to tell the future king about our welfare services to Scots in London. Prince William was very generous with his time and very interested in our history.”
The Patron’s Lunch was an iconic event which was an opportunity to celebrate the tireless efforts of the country’s charitable organisations and to also recognise the support and service The Queen has given to the community over her 63 year reign.
Brian MacDowall, a volunteer for ScotsCare, explained why the day was important to him:
“It was a wonderful occasion spent with friends and colleagues. No amount of rain could dampen the spirit of the day! I felt honoured and privileged to be representing ScotsCare on such a great occasion. It was brilliant that Prince William stopped and took his time to find out more about us and he was quite surprised to find out that ScotCare had been going for over 400 years! The highlight of the day was seeing The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. This day was a once in a lifetime occasion for me and makes me proud to be a member of ScotsCare”.