Queen Reunites with Margaret Baxter, a Woman She First Met 70 Years Ago
Few people can say they met the Queen either now or back in her Princess days, but one woman saw the royal monarch during both periods of her life.
Queen Elizabeth reunited with an older lady named Margaret Baxter on Wednesday at a Buckingham Palace garden party. The pair originally met way back in the 1940s.
The Royal Family's Twitter account shared the story complete with a black-and-white throwback picture that featured Baxter in the far left walking next to then-princess Elizabeth. The post is found below.
📸This photograph shows a Garden Party taking place 108 years ago in 1911.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 29, 2019
Garden Parties have been a Royal Tradition since the 1860s during Queen Victoria’s reign.
30,000 people will attend one this year.
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The caption read:
“Today Mrs. Margaret Baxter (far left) was presented to Her Majesty, during which they reminisced about their first meeting, when the then Princess Elizabeth visited Portsmouth in [the] 1940s."
Baxter sat in a wheelchair on Wednesday wearing a black ensemble with large red flowers and a wide-brimmed hat. The queen, 93, wore a soft pink outfit and was donned in a matching hat.
She smiled down at Baxter as they spoke. She wore white gloves for the occasion and accessorized with a diamond flower brooch and a black handbag.
Attending today’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace was Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 29, 2019
Four Garden Parties are held each year, one of which is held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland. pic.twitter.com/rwe5HM4Da0
Members of the royal family including Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie were also present at the party. It was the third of the year for the tradition which began in the 1860s.
In addition to her other accessories, the Queen held on to a pink umbrella, prepared for rain which often dampens the event. Guests also shared her worry and did have to take cover under some drizzle before things got underway.
Today Mrs Margaret Baxter (far left) was presented to Her Majesty, during which they reminisced about their first meeting, when the then Princess Elizabeth visited, Portsmouth in 1940s. #GardenParty pic.twitter.com/i77frowhEc— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 29, 2019
Thankfully, the weather soon cleared up and royal members and guests were spared. Let's hope that the next party, which will be held at Holyrood House in Scotland, also delivers clear skies.
While the Queen's reunion was one for the books, so was her first joint outing with Kate Middleton back in March. Wearing pink again, the Queen joined Middleton for a visit to King's College, one of her patronages.
The monarch had not been to the institution since 2012. It appeared that both she and Middleton had fun as they enjoyed a robotics demonstration and met with students of the school.
Later on, the Queen unveiled a plaque to open a new auditorium named the Bush House. Middleton sat nearby and applauded the gesture. The two women looked lovely together as they performed their royal duties.