Queen in ‘brilliant form’ as she jokes around with guests and shows off a perfect sense of humor

The monarch, just hours away from becoming the first British sovereign to reach a historic 70 years on the throne, joined members of the local community in the Sandringham House ballroom to mark her milestone.

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The Queen was in ‘brilliant’ form as she laughed and joked at a celebratory reception on the eve of her Platinum Jubilee.

The monarch, just hours away from becoming the first British sovereign to reach a historic 70 years on the throne, joined members of the local community in the Sandringham House ballroom to mark her milestone.

Yvonne Browne, Vice President and President of Sandringham WI, described the Queen as “sparkling”.

The event was the largest in-person public engagement the Queen had attended since before her recent health issue in mid-October.

The 95-year-old head of state arrived at the event with a wooden cane, which she wisely leaned on as she leaned forward to chat with visitors.

The guests were sitting around the tables waiting for tea to be served, but they rose respectfully to converse with the Queen.

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The Queen cutting a cake to celebrate the start of the Platinum Jubilee


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Wearing a Wedgwood blue crepe gown by Angela Kelly with a white brocade gown, the Queen, beaming with joy throughout, also carried her signature black bag.

She cut a cake decorated with the Jubilee emblem to start her Platinum year.

Guests included members of the Sandringham branch of the Women’s Institute, retirees from the Sandringham Estate and representatives of two local charities, West Norfolk Befriending and Little Discoverers.

The queen also met former cookery school student Angela Wood, who helped perfect the famous coronation chicken dish that was served to guests after the queen’s coronation ceremony in 1953.

Mrs Wood made the Queen laugh when she told the monarch that she spent “days and days altering it for Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume”.

A reception in the Ballroom at Sandringham House



Commenting on how the coronation chicken recipe has probably developed over the years, the Queen told Angela Wood: “It’s probably changed because in those days we did some things quite differently.”

Shaun Mason, a junior sous chef, had created small bites of the coronation chicken, curried spiced chicken, apricot in a savory tartlet, and he brought a tray of his creations into the ballroom and announced that they were available for sampling.

As the morsels were placed between the Queen and Mrs. Wood to taste, the room erupted in laughter as the Queen joked, “I’ll be gone.” She turned to add, “You can tell me (what you think) when I get back.” .”

On October 19, the Queen held an evening reception at Windsor Castle for delegates to the Global Investment Summit.

But the next day she canceled a two-day trip to Northern Ireland, was secretly admitted to hospital for preliminary tests, before being placed under doctors’ orders to rest and do only light duty.

The Queen attends a reception with representatives of local community groups.



Before the pandemic, the Queen visited her WI colleagues at West Newton Town Hall every year as part of her winter stay at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated across the country during an extended June bank holiday in honor of a monarch who has left an indelible mark on the life of the nation.

But February 6, the date of the queen’s accession to the throne, is a poignant time for the queen, as it is the day her father, King George VI, died in 1952.

She is already the nation’s longest-reigning monarch and the world’s longest-serving sovereign.

During the reception, the Queen also met representatives of West Norfolk Befriending, a charity that aims to reduce the social isolation experienced by the elderly by putting them in touch with trained volunteer friends who visit regularly.

Queen Elizabeth speaks to members of the West Norfolk Befriending Society


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And he spoke to members of Little Discoverers, which provides early education to preschoolers with movement difficulties and developmental delays.

When the queen was presented with a copy of a “Loyal Speech” written by West Norfolk primary school children, the head of state gave a candid take on the public proclamations he had heard during his long reign.

The Queen seemed to approve of the younger generation’s words about the Queen: “You have shown a caring manner, determination and dedication to helping other people. We think you are doing a great job! We are so lucky to have had you.” as our Queen for so long.

“We are proud of you for helping us get through this pandemic with your inspiring words and for your actions setting a good example, especially as the last year has been very difficult for you.”

After reading the address, displayed in the ballroom, the Queen said to the laughter of the guests, “Most addresses tend to be pompous… this one is much nicer.”

The afternoon reception which the Queen clearly enjoyed ended with the cutting of an ice cold Victoria sponge with the Platinum Jubilee logo as decoration.

Lady Dannatt, the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, told the Queen that the cake was upside down for press photographs and joked with laughter: “I don’t mind?”

When it was time to cut the big cake, the Queen, thinking aloud, said, “I’ll put the knife in, see if it works” and stuck the knife in vertically and left it in place and added “someone else can finish it.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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