“As we were walking along the arcade, I noticed one of our tenants in the crowd,” Mr Barrett told Mosman Collective.
“I asked the Queen if she would like to meet her, and she said yes. She was most gracious and as you can image it made our tenant’s day.
“Both the Prince and Queen were very impressed with the project [the QVB restoration], particularly the before and after,” he said.
Jim and Joy Barrett (Mrs Barrett pictured in white gloves) formally receive the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Mosman Collective.
Mr Barrett fondly recalls Prince Philip dropping one of his famed and endearing gaffes.
“When they were leaving, we thanked them for coming and my wife Joy farewelled the Prince with, ‘I hope you have a nice day’. The Prince said ‘I can’t imagine I will!’
Later that day, Mr and Mrs Barrett again saw the couple, when the Queen opened the NSW State Library extension.
Mr Barrett said Prince Philip made an endearing gaffe on the day of his meeting. Image: Mosman Collective.
“I was a member of the Library Council and had the opportunity of greeting them again,” Mr Barrett said.
“I asked the Prince how his day had been. He remembered his earlier comment and said – with a smile – that it wasn’t all that bad!”
“I was visiting my daughter Anna who was living in London in the mid-2000s when my husband and I had a chance meeting with the Queen,” Mrs Taylor said. “We were spending the morning at Kew Gardens and as luck would have it, so was Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.”
Anna Usher and Robyn Taylor, photographed with the Queen at Kew Gardens in 2004.
She greeted us warmly and while the Queen was not known for conducting “walkabouts”, her Majesty chatted briefly to the handful of people who were there. I will never forget her warmth and her dazzling smile. And, I have never seen such beautiful skin in my life. Absolutely flawless!
I have many memories as I lived in Windsor for a few years. No photo’s as we didn’t have mobile phones back then. She’s tiny and used to drive her car to church every Sunday (when in residence). Her head would only just pop up over the steering wheel. She’d often wave, particularly as I was usually walking a dog in the Great Park. It’s very sad she’s gone.
Image: National Archives of Australia.
In 2013, Mariela Southers was invited to attend a Garden Party with members of the Royal Family. It was one of several formal official events she attended, with her husband Matthew.
“We lived in London for four years and saw The Queen at a Buckingham Palace Garden party, Royal Ascot, Trooping the Colour and also at her 90th birthday in Windsor Castle,” she told Mosman Collective.
Mariela said her closest encounter with the Monarch was during afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace.
Mosman Collective reader Mariela Southers met the Queen on a number of occasions while living in London.