Thursday, 28 March 2019

HRH The Countess of Wessex - Leeds March 26th 2019

HRH, The Countess of Wessex, as Patron of the Leeds Children Hospital visited on 26th March 2019 to officially open the new Cardiac Hybrid and Children's Magnetic Resonance Imaging Centre.

Arriving late with early morning traffic, she was greeted by the Health Trust Staff outside the entrance, accepting some flowers on her way in.

The Countess has visited many times over the years and always has a genuine interest in all the Hospital achieve.

The funniest thing had to be the crowd control barriers! They kept falling over in the wind so they stationed a security guard on each to put the foot on them to keep them stable! There were only sadly two people in the crowd! One was me!!!

Photographs (C) Paul Ratcliffe

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - Blackpool - February 2019

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside...……………..

In February 2019, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had an away-day to the Seaside town of Blackpool.

They had come to hear about the regeneration of the town, and the problems it has been facing, to listen and sit in on roundtable meetings to see what is being done.

The Iconic Blsckpool Tower was their first engagement whereb Umbrellas were on standby!

The weather……………. Well, it didn't play along and the heavens opened and only stopped when they were due to leave, even then it started to rain again! Hence rainy enhanced photographs!

After meeting some toddlers from a local playgroup on the Comedy Carpet ( a large part of the promenade taken up with quotes and jokes from comedians, and the Prince thanking one bashful toddler who stayed in the nursery workers arms!, they went their separate ways to meet the crowds.

Prince William was on our side. I gave home some photos of his Children at Princess Eugenie's October wedding. I commented that they were superstars in the making. 'They certainly were that day; he added, and after joking that (as most children do) could be mischievous. He added, not as much as you would think!

I've never had to give flowers stood on a step-stool, asking the crowd to pass them along but I did that day. I shouted 'Ma'am, 'Ma'am' to get her attention, she joked her arms weren't long enough to reach me and asked for the flowers to be passed to her then shouted a huge thank you to me!!

Lovely memories, but took ages for me to dry out!!!

Photographs (C) Paul Ratcliffe

TRH The Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall - Liverpool - February 2019

Behind the Prince is the Statue of Prince Albert.

TRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall spent the day in Liverpool in February 2019, undertaking a series of joint and solo engagements,

They began their visit at the Victoria Gallery,. After a walkabout amongst the crowds, where I had a little chat with the Duchess about her being poorly over Christmas (forcing her to miss the Sandringham Christmas Day Service), the royal couple waited to greet the Irish President, Michael Higgins and his wife, Sabina. They warmly greeted each other and posed for photos to the delight of the crowds.

The Duchess then went onto visit the Central Library for a reading event, while the Prince of Wales went to see the restored St George's Hall. He met some builders outside in their Hi-Vis jackets He asked them where they were working and they told him they were bulldozing a building opposite, 'Which one' the Prince exclaimed as they pointed it out to him. You're not taking it all down are you?' he enquired. No they replied. 'Thank goodness for that, he added, their not taking it down he joked to the crowds!

Photographs (C) Paul Ratcliffe

HRH The Countess of Wessex - Leeds March 26th 2019

HRH, The Countess of Wessex, as Patron of the Leeds Children Hospital visited on 26th March 2019 to officia...