Courthouse volunteer chosen to meet the Queen

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Courthouse volunteer chosen to meet the Queen

A volunteer at Courthouse Junior School was one of those chosen to meet the Queen at her birthday celebrations.

Olive Stephenson from Pinkneys Green spent her Thursday afternoon having lunch at Windsor Guildhall as part of the royal celebrations.

The 89-year-old, who will turn 90 at the end of next month, volunteers at the primary school in Blenheim Road every Tuesday morning to listen to the children read.

She joined others who also share a similar birthday to Her Majesty.

Olive said: “The day was so wonderful, even though it was pretty chilly because I was wearing a long dress, but one does one’s best.

“The Queen is an amazing person and she was very sweet, she has managed to bring everyone together and she is a remarkable person.

“I have to praise the council for the arrangements and I really enjoyed the Windsor Military Wives’ performance.”

The great-grandmother was born on May 27, 1926 in Lambeth, London and married her husband Ken in 1945 on VE day.

The couple met while Olive was on leave from the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) in Newcastle and travelled the world together.

The couple were married for 68 years and had two children, Pauline and Andrew, before Ken sadly passed away in 2013.

Olive said: “Andrew was born six days after Prince Charles and I was worried Prince Charles was going to be called Andrew.

“I have been volunteering at the school for a few years; I love to see how the children have progressed with their reading each week. It’s such a good school and all my grandchildren went here.”

Ruby Pitch, 90, from Maidenhead also met the Queen and was featured in the BBC’s coverage.

She said: “It was a wonderful day, very exciting. The cake was really nice, it was an orange drizzle, the Queen cut it up and we had a piece after lunch.”

Albert Smith, 89, from Woodlands Park was also interviewed on television. He said: “It was a wonderful day, what a fantastic experience. I had never met the Queen before but me and my wife used to go to all the Royal events.

“The council did a great job organising it and we were very well looked after.”

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