Tuesday, 6 July 2010

It's Not What You Know ...

My Chelsea Pensioner friend telephoned me last week to tell me about a function he was attending in the Hospital grounds that evening ~ something to do with an elephant charity and a whole load of 'elephants'. He said that Princesses Beatrice & Eugenie would be attending and that he was hoping to be able to speak to them. Now, you may very well be wondering where I am going with this, but do bear with me.
Back in 2005, I took a group of 25 teenage girls on a tour of the Royal Hospital at Chelsea and that is how I met my CP friend, as he was our guide. He loves to tell people that he was expecting a coach full of Prep School boys! Anyway, my girls absolutely loved him and got me to ask the Head if we could 'adopt' him. Which the school duly did and he became a fixture at Harvest Festival, Christmas Dinner & Disco, and the like. Beatrice attended our school as a day girl initially, but when she came into board at 14 I was her Housemistress. (If you're interested, I found her to be a lovely young lady, although she wasn't adverse to using her connections to her advantage ... Would it be alright if I went out to tea at Granny's?) She became Head Girl in 2006 and escorted my CP friend throughout Harvest Festival that year, which thrilled him no end.Back in the present day, I was delighted when my friend called again later that night to tell me that not only had Beatrice remembered his name, she had also asked about me and that my DS had become the subject of a short conversation. Apparently he even had the photo of DS trying on his Scarlet in his pocket, in case the opportunity arose to show her. It didn't.
Great photo, though, isn't it? I showed it to DS, who said, "Grandad P with pretty ladies!"

Photo credit: Press Association.

7 comments:

Rachel said...

What a lovely story. How lovely to be remembered. If had connections I think I would use them too.

Amy said...

How funny is DS's comment! Well, we all like to visit our Grannies every now and then - I like to think they would be no different :-) Do you think B would swing by for a comment here one day????

debs14 said...

What a lovely story!
Did Dad ever pop by to pick up B in his helicopter?!

humel said...

Wow, I didn't know you had such exalted connections! How exciting :-) Did it give you a buzz when Beatrice had remembered you and DS? It sure would've done me!! x

Sian said...

Oh, what a wonderful story! I really enjoyed reading this one, a lovely reminder of how blogging gives us a chance to share.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is SO neat! I am glad you are sharing your story with the world. What a darling man, too!

Loved this, Ruth!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Liz said...

Paddy would have made some lucky girl a very good husband. The girls have grown up "normal" apart from the fashion sense!!!

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