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The Queen’s visits across Oxfordshire over the years


Sep 13, 2022

One of the Queen's many visits to Oxfordshire came in 1998, when she attended a garden party at Milton Hill House, near Abingdon, to celebrate the diamond anniversary of the Women's Royal Voluntary Service.

Among the volunteers the Queen met at the party were those who helped mourners following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

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Many provided refreshments to thousands of people who stood for hours waiting to sign the Books of Condolences in The Mall.

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A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said that, as patron, the Queen was delighted to attend the party in June that year.

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The Queen toured the grounds of the house, planted a tree and cut an anniversary cake to celebrate the 60th birthday of the WRVS, at the time the UK's largest practical voluntary organisation boasting 120,000 members.

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This story was written by Andy Ffrench, he joined the team more than 20 years ago and now covers community news across Oxfordshire.

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