This weekend was an extremely exciting one for us as we dressed in our glad rags pulled on the ponchos to rub shoulders with royalty at The Patron’s Lunch.

The Queen is our royal patron and has been since 1952. We, along with the other 599 organisations she supports, were invited to celebrate her 90th birthday as well as her long-standing support for such great causes, alongside the royal family.

Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at The Patron

Some of our supporters, along with competition winners, attended the event representing Lepra and, although it was a wet one, there was no dampening our spirits. We feasted on our specially made picnic, courtesy of Marks and Spencer, cheered the royal procession and waved away at The Queen herself.

Anna and Corin at The Patrons Lunch The Patrons Lunch picnic

Anna Ansted is one of our Community Fundraisers and she won tickets to the event through our staff competition.

Princess Anne talking with Lepra at The Patron“The parade was brilliant and the sun came out at just the right time - but the ponchos came in very handy earlier on! The food was delicious and we were very lucky to bring home some lovely goodies. It was great to represent Lepra and see how many other charities the Queen is patron of.”

We were also lucky enough to meet Princess Anne and chat to Sir Tim Lawrence who is now in proud possession of one of our Lepra badges.

The Queen and the rest of the royal family drove down The Mall and we managed to catch a glimpse as they greeted the 10,000 attendees.

The royal procession was followed by a colourful parade filled with dancers and live music that represented each of the charities and organisations Her Majesty has supported over the years.

Can you spot Lepra?

The parade at The Patron The parade at The Patron
The parade at The Patrons Lunch The parade at The Patron

 “We had an absolutely amazing day at the Patron’s Lunch. We got to wave to the Queen and Will, Kate and Harry! The hampers were stunning and the whole day was so brilliantly organised,” said Anna.

Phil and Helen from the Kingswood school in Bath, won a competition to attend the event. They said "Many thanks for the opportunity to have a very special and exciting day on The Mall yesterday.  We had a great time – despite the pouring rain. It was wonderful to meet so many lovely people."

Out of the 300 charities, we were also selected to be one of the ten ‘Patron’s Heroes’ and to have a special film made depicting our relationship with The Queen. Parts of this were shown on screens along The Mall but you can watch the full video below:

It was a wonderful day and a great chance for us to thank Her Majesty for her unwavering support over the years. You can read more about our royal patronage here.

Lepra Communications team with Mel Giedroyc at The Patron