On Thursday 16th November, HEY Children’s University Director Natasha Barley and Partnership Manager Rose James had the honour of attending a private luncheon with Her Majesty The Queen as part of her visit to Hull.
The luncheon was held at The University of Hull with a small selection of guests and Natasha and Rose were lucky enough to be invited to attend. The guests and Her Majesty enjoyed a pork terrine starter, lamb loin main and miniature apple pie dessert, all prepared by the University’s fantastic catering team.
HEY CU Director Natasha said “Being invited by Her Majesty the Queen to attend a private lunch at the University is one of the highlights of my career. It is also fantastic validation that the work we are doing is important and valued by the monarchy. I don’t think you can get a better accolade.”
Partnership Manager Rose had written a letter to Her Majesty over a year ago to tell her all about our Ambassadors of Hull Experience, in which she is hailed as the ultimate ambassador. Her Majesty sent a detailed reply stating that she had read the letter with great interest and would love to hear more should she visit Hull in it’s year as City of Culture.
“We were very excited to receive such a detailed reply from Her Majesty The Queen” Rose said “But we never could have imagined that we would be invited to attend a lunch with her! It was completely surreal and utterly wonderful to be sat eating lunch so close to The Queen. We are incredibly proud of the work we do and to get this recognition is incredible for the charity”
Lunch with Her Majesty come just weeks after HEY Children’s University Founder Dr John Buttrick received his MBE at Buckingham Palace and this week two of our volunteers Mark Stockdale and Ruth Truelove will be presented with their British Empire Medals (BEM) at Burton Agnes Hall.