By DAVID BLACKMORE
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Queen was entertained by a speech on why broadcaster Carol Bundock loves Norfolk, when she attended a Women’s Institute meeting at a village hall today.
The 86-year-old monarch is the honorary president of Sandringham WI, which meets at West Newton Village Hall, and arrived by Range Rover just before 3pm wearing a pink overcoat.
The sound of members singing the National Anthem could be heard outside as the Queen entered the village hall after being welcomed by WI chair Yvonne Browne.
During the meeting the Queen gave an address, telling members what she has been doing over the last year before listening to this year’s guest speaker Mrs Bundock.
On arriving at the village hall, Mrs Bundock admitted to having a few nerves.
She added she had been shocked after receiving her invitation to meet the Queen and give a talk at Sandringham.
After watching members of the WI perform their version of Alice in Wonderland, the reigning monarch left the village hall at 4.35pm and was given a pose of flowers by Mrs Bundock’s granddaughter Josephine.
She then climbed back into her dark green Range Rover and was driven back to the Sandringham House, where she is still enjoying her annual Christmas break.
The Queen attends a WI meeting each January, while spending Christmas and New Year at Sandringham.
There have been links between female Royals and the institute for almost a century.
Speaking to WI members previously, the Queen told them: “In this time of change and uncertainty I think the WI’s traditional values of playing your part through education and public debate are just as important as ever.
“By helping women to improve their lives and the lives of those around them, the WI is playing a valuable role in both the local community and nationally.”