The Royal Star & Garter Homes was honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, President of the Charity, to the Surbiton Home to celebrate 100 years of caring for disabled veterans.
Major General Tim Tyler, Chairman of the Body of Governors, welcomed Princess Alexandra to the Surbiton Home. Her Royal Highness was escorted to the main entrance, where she met the Charity’s Chief Executive, Andy Cole, and members of the Care Team.
One of Surbiton’s newer residents, Jean Chambers, presented a welcome posy to the Princess. Jean commented:
“I was so honoured to be asked to present the posy to Princess Alexandra. I have never met her before: she was so lovely when we chatted. She was charming and very beautiful! It was a wonderful afternoon and one I will remember for a long time.”
Princess Alexandra toured the Home and spent time meeting all of the staff and hearing about the specialist care they provide. To celebrate the Charity’s Centenary, Her Royal Highness had very kindly brought cakes for everyone to enjoy. This was a lovely surprise for the residents, staff and volunteers who enjoyed tea and cake with Princess Alexandra in the café bar.
The Princess became President of the Charity in July 1964, following the death of Field-Marshal The Viscount Alanbrooke of Brookeborough in 1963. Princess Alexandra has always maintained close links with the Charity and is a frequent visitor to the Homes, where she always shows a warm and genuine interest in the Charity’s work, residents and staff.