Thursday, 25 March, 1975 at RAF Whittering, England.
The Queen was visiting Peterborough Cathedral on Maundy Thursday to hand out silver coins to the elderly. This photo was taken after the ceremony as she was leaving RAF Wittering by aircplane.
Uncle John* is opening the car door for the Queen and Prince Philip (the Queen’s husband).
Uncle John says he was chosen because he was small and wouldn’t frighten the Queen – look at the size of that car! Uncle John was on his best behavior and didn’t even look directly at the Queen…
Do you know who he thinks is the funniest Royal? Princess Anne – the Queen’s daughter! Uncle John says a year later he opened Princess Anne’s car door for the whole day. At one point, Uncle John had to rush to the next stop to get there before Princess Anne. When the Princess Anne got out of her car, having just seen him at the previous stop, she looked at him and said, “Well, hello again Corporal.”
Coming from a Royal, this funny and quite a complement. And proves that acknowledgement goes a long way…
I hope you enjoyed this snippet of British life. And I hope Uncle John will let me share some more of his photo collection – I love the one of his father and grandfather ploughing with horses.
Do you have photos like these of your family? I would love to see them. My mum and aunt are currently documenting all of my grandmother’s photographs and I can’t wait to see what they find.
*Uncle John is one of my favorite people, although I’m not actually related to him… My Dad and Uncle John met when they were 15 and have been best mates ever since. Uncle John and my dad are both fraternal twins. They still like to stand next to each other and tell people they are twins (which is funny as my dad is a good foot taller than Uncle John).