Lunch with the Queen

Yesterday I enjoyed a lunch with Her Majesty the Queen at St Mark’s Academy in Mitcham as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

I was chosen with six other community champions to be sat on the Top Table. I was positioned opposite and not more than 3 feet away from the Queen. She was very charming, and it was a truly memorable experience.

I had a quite a long chat with her about horses, which I knew she is passionate about. I had been at Windsor Castle the previous Sunday for the Diamond Jubilee pageant, attended by the Queen, which included wonderful displays of horse riding. The Queen showed great knowledge as we discussed the Russian, Omanian and Indian horses we had seen.

Later on we talked about the Royal Household cricket club and I also discovered that Her Majesty and His Royal Highness like watching cooking shows and having barbeques. I encouraged the Queen to visit Southwark soon and she laughed when I told her that it’s thanks to her that Philip is still so full of energy!

The lunch was attended by around 120 people, including 30 Mayors and Mayoresses, 60 notable achievers and about 30 organizers from South London. Southwark was excellently represented by it’s Mayor, deputy Mayor and Bishop.

Merton council and it’s Mayor are to be applauded for the two years of planning that went into the event. So to the students of St Mark’s Academy, whose energy and enthusiasm was clearly visible in the preparations they had made to the school.

One of the best aspects of the event was how it brought together so many community champions. I met lots of extraordinary people and I’m really looking forward to working with some of them to help our communities become stronger and more harmonious.

Written by Prem Goyal