The National Horseracing Museum was well represented at the Patrons Lunch on Sunday 12th June, here is our Conservator Juliane Ovenden's review of a fantastic day:
Two staff and Four volunteers traveled down to London on the 12th June to represent the National Horseracing Museum at the Patrons Lunch with a further volunteer and her family taking part in the parade . Although the day started rather wet a few drops of rain wasnâ€™t going to dampen the spirits along The Mall and robed in our special ponchos we collected hampers, found our table and prepared to celebrate the patronage of the museum and service to the country that Her Majesty The Queen has undertaken during her 90 years.
The day got drier as it went on and after a picnic lunch and just as the sun came out it was time to meet the Royal Family. All of our volunteers had interaction with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge either shaking their hands or in the case of one volunteer a conversation about when they would be coming to visit us in Newmarket! The Queen and Prince Phillip followed in their open top car, waving and smiling as they went. There were a few speeches, and they returned back down The Mall to the Royal Box ready for the parade. The parade had a mixture of bands and dancers with each section representing an area of patronage such as Armed Forces, Animals and Nature and so on.
With a final rendition of 'Happy Birthday' we bid farewell to the Royal Family and made our way home. It was a fantastic day and so nice to speak to other to find out where they were representing what their organisation did. There was a fair amount of interest in the new museum too as we told as many people as we could about it!