A right royal exchange

Fancy going to a garden party at Buckingham Palace? For one of our teachers currently on exchange to the United Kingdom, this was a dream come true.

Lisa Murphy is currently undertaking an exchange to Edinburgh and was lucky enough to receive an invitation for her and her husband to attend one of the three garden parties hosted by the Queen each year. The sun was shining, the fine china was in use and the cucumber sandwiches and raspberry tarts were divine.

Lisa has told us that the Queen was looking resplendent in blue as she strolled through the garden chatting with some of the guests. Also present were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Will was looking very regal in a top hat and tails and Kate looked just elegant in cream. Unfortunately, it not protocol for guests to be taking selfies with the royals so no photos to share here!

To quote Lisa’s own words from her Facebook post after attending the event:

“We would like to sincerely thank the Queen for having us. It was a truly amazing afternoon. You looked so elegant in blue and we had the privilege of seeing you as you chatted to guests. An excellent adventure.”

The Murphys were also fortunate enough to attend Westminster Abbey early in the year when the Queen and other members attended to hear Coffey Annan give the keynote address at the annual Commonwealth Day Service.

While invitations to Royal events aren’t guaranteed, if you are interested in applying for an exchange in 2017 see the information at www.ieu.asn.au.

Helen Gregory
Exchange Coordinator