On St David’s Day – Thursday 1 March 2012 – Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, elegantly dressed in a trio-of-blue, made a visit to the historic Fortnum & Mason store in Piccadilly, London.
On what was to be their very first ‘joint’ visit, The Queen, Camilla and Catherine attracted attention from dignitaries, members of the public and the media.
They were there to meet with military personnel and to find out more about the ‘Gifts for Troops’ scheme, which sends parcels to soldiers serving in Afghanistan. The Royal guests were shown a display of tea and biscuits similar to those which will be sent to troops deployed on operations during The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Weekend, 2 – 5 June 2012.
Fortnum & Mason, first appointed ‘Royal Grocers’ to HRH the Prince of Wales in 1863, has held Royal Warrants for over 150 years. The Queen, Camilla and Catherine were each presented with one of Fortnum & Mason’s famous hampers, containing a selection of goods including champagne truffles and dog biscuits.
The Queen unveiled a plaque to commemorate the regeneration of the local Piccadilly area.
Image: The Queen, wearing a pale blue outfit with matching hat, Camilla in a navy blue coat and Catherine in a mid-blue coat and yellow daffodil to represent St David’s Day, leaving Fortnum and Mason on 1 March 2012. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson was amongst the dignitaries gathered to see the Royal party. Photo credit: Toby Melville/PA Wire