A brush with royalty for Brokerage students
16 Jul 12

Diamond Jubilee menuOur students Daisy, George, Patrice and Uma were able to have some of the best seats in the house for the Jubilee celebrations earlier this summer, when they had the unique chance to attend the Diamond Jubilee Luncheon given for The Queen by the Livery Companies of The City of London.

Here, Uma tells us what it was like in the presence of royalty. A huge thank you to the Worshipful Company of Insurers for the amazing opportunity.

Never did I think I would be able to say that I, Uma Dasgupta, have had lunch with Her Majesty the Queen. Thousands turned up to celebrate sixty years on the throne during five remarkable days, one of which I was a part of. The Diamond Jubilee Lunch in Westminster Palace was an amazing opportunity and such an honour to be in the presence of Royalty as well as the Master of the Worshipful Company of Insurers - Tim Albett. Tim’s personality put us all at ease, especially when it came to meeting the other masters. He is an inspirational figure and I am forever grateful to Tim for allowing myself, Patrice, George and Daisy-Rose, to attend this event.

Diamond Jubilee luncheon
George; Daisy, Patrice and Uma at Westminster Palace

Westminster Hall was picturesque, with all the Livery Companies and their sponsored students who were able to showcase their inspiring work. However, from when the Queen walked in, I was overwhelmed because never did I think I would be accustomed to such a privilege. Her Majesty stood out amongst hundreds with her attire glistening under the light. With Camilla on the table next to mine and Prince Charles on the opposite side, all I could think was if I was really in the same room as the Royal family with the whole world watching us on their TV screens?

Contributing to the wonderful event, The National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain were incredible and the lunch was exquisite; we all later had the chance to taste tea which the Duke of Edinburgh himself planted in Sri Lanka. Every part of the day was special from when I arrived until I left. I can honestly say, I couldn’t think of anyone else but my number one Mentor - The Brokerage CityLink - to represent and share this realisation of a dream with, all of which made possible by the Worshipful Company of Insurers.

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