Published 29th June 2018

On 5th June 2018, two of our trustees, Sri Sharma, Professor Diana Lockwood, and our Regional Fundraising Manager for South, Eileen Evans, attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of Lepra’s work and in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Royal Patronage of Lepra.

The tea party was attended by members of The Royal Family, and hosted by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

We caught up with Sri and Diana to find out more about the day.

How did it feel to attend such an event?

Sri: "As I walked into the garden I was struck by how nice it was to be at an event surrounded by other people who had tried to make a positive change, without the motivation for recognition. Everyone was there because they had done something good, purely to make a difference.

Walking into the garden was like walking into a park. As I looked around I thought, “Wow, I wonder who else has been invited here!” I was very aware I was walking in the steps of dignitaries and many people who have made an impact on the world.

Although the day had started cloudy, as the event got underway the skies cleared and it was a beautiful sunny afternoon.

The tea itself was delicious, there were many morsels all decorated with the royal coat of arms, which made it really special."

Diana:"I felt very privileged to be nominated by Lepra to attend. It was very interesting seeing all the other people there, including a lady representing access for disabled cyclists in a wheelchair bike.

We also chatted to an eye surgeon who had been working in Jerusalem. It was great to have an opportunity to meet with people and share stories."


What was the highlight of the event?

Sri: “It was wonderful to meet and chat with other invitees, including people from other charities and the Head of Policy at the Law Society.

Diana and I both enjoyed a stroll around the lake, taking in the wonderful views. We also spoke with Lepra’s Vice President His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester and thanked him for his support. His Royal Highness was very positive about our work and keen to hear about recent activities.”

Diana: “The gardens were another highlight, they are very beautiful, and the roses were in full and scented flower. We also enjoyed the band, they played unexpected tunes, including the theme from the Bond films!”

Sri: “To be invited to such an event is very special. It is wonderful to be held in such high regard by Her Majesty.

We are very grateful for the time and support both Her Majesty, and His Highness The Duke of Gloucester give to Lepra, making time to recognise and celebrate our cause; it says a lot about the work the charity is doing, and our charitable cause.”

Find out more about our Royal Patronage