Beatrice Shutes was treated like royalty for the day when she celebrated her 100th birthday.
Staff at Mundy House care home, in Basildon, pulled out all the stops to make sure Beatrice reaching her centenary was marked in a majestic fashion.
As is the tradition, a card from Her Majesty the Queen was delivered to the home in honour of the milestone birthday, which Beatrice was thrilled to receive.
Beatrice was crowned ‘Queen for the Day’ with a 100th birthday tiara, a sash adorned with that title, balloons, in regal colours, decorated the room and there also was a birthday cake fit for Royalty.
The centenarian spent many years living in Jamaica and her favourite song is Show Me The Way To Go Home, and she regularly treats her fellow residents to her own rendition of the song.
Beatrice said: “It was lovely being treated like Royalty for the day. I was so excited to receive a card from the Queen.
“People have asked me what keeps me going and singing after all these years, and I think the key to a long life is a happy life. I try to have a laugh and joke along with people every day. You’re only as old as you feel!”
Josi George, manager of Mundy House, said: “Beatrice is a much-loved resident and staff and those living at Mundy House were honoured to be able to celebrate such a special birthday with her.”