Great-grandmother Ruby to join the Queen for birthday celebrations

Grace Witherden

Grace Witherden

Great-grandmother Ruby to join the Queen for birthday celebrations

A great-grandmother from Maidenhead will be one of the few chosen to dine with the Queen today (Thursday) as part of the royal celebrations.

Ruby Pitch, from the riverside area, who has lived in the town since 1977 never thought she would get the chance to meet the Queen until she saw an article in a magazine asking for 90-year-olds who share a birthday with Her Majesty to apply.

Ruby said: “If your birthday was within a certain date then you could apply, my birthday is on the March 12, six weeks before the Queen so I just applied and then got invited back for an interview.

“My first memory of the Queen was on a school trip, at the coronation of King George VI. We saw the Queen and Princess Margaret in their red velvet capes and dresses.”

Ruby was born in London in 1926 and at the age of 11 she was evacuated outside of London during the Second World War.

After the war she trained as a technical drawer at St Albans School of Art and Design.

She met her husband Harry in an office she was working in and they married in 1947 before having two children, Ian and Gillian.

Harry, a virtuoso harmonica player, famously recorded the theme tune for TV’s Last of the Summer Wine.

Ruby said: “Harry and I got the royal letter from the Queen when we had our 60th wedding anniversary.

“I’ve always felt our lives were running in parallel. I was born six weeks before the Queen and I had my first son Ian, six weeks before Prince Charles was born.”

Sadly, Harry passed away last year so Ruby will be taking her daughter to meet the Queen with her.

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