November 20 2017
Residents in Care UK homes nationwide have been reminiscing about where they were on 20 November 1947 and their recollections of the royal marriage. From watching the couple’s first appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to the fantastic street parties they held, a selection of their thoughts and memories have been captured in a commemorative film.
Jean Monastyrski recalled going to celebrate with the large crowds, explaining: “I could cross the road and I was in Green Park, and I went straight over to see her out on the balcony, it was absolutely packed with people.”
When asked if she remembered the Queen’s wedding dress, Iris Grimes replied: “Oh yes, she looked quite beautiful and young.” Jean added: “It was a beautiful dress she had on.”
Bob Taylor commented: “They’ve supported each other, and I’m sure they’ve had their ups and downs.” and Hilda Beard added: “I say congratulations and you’ve managed very well.”
Debbie Fox, dementia lead for Care UK, said: “Older people around the country have happy memories of the Queen’s wedding day, with many having been involved in the celebrations 70 years ago. The filming of this video has been a brilliant reminiscence activity, giving residents the opportunity to share stories and memories, which is particularly important for those living with dementia.
“People living with the condition often feel more confident sharing life experiences and stories from their younger years than they do relying on their short-term memory. At the time of the Queen’s wedding, people were living in the aftermath of WWII, and this historic milestone was one of the first major national events since the War, so it’s been great to look back and share enjoyable memories of the time to commemorate the occasion.”
To further mark the celebrations, residents in Care UK homes across the country will be celebrating with their local communities by hosting special events which are ‘fit for a queen’. Care homes will be decorated with union jack bunting while visitors and residents enjoy traditional afternoon tea and a screening of the iconic wedding day.