Residents of Lashbrook House, in Henley on Thames, set off early for Windsor Great Park. Picnic, blankets, sunhats, drinks, were all packed after everyone was on board. We had the use of the Henley Handy bus which seats 10 residents and 4 helpers comfortably. Everyone was looking forward to seeing the Queen and were enthralled when we drove through Windsor Great Park. The scenery was beautiful, and it was not too hot.
As we drove up to our place in Windsor Park. Everyone was quite excited. Fortunately the rain stayed off, as we got off the bus with the residents sat down and unpacked all the picnic. The security officers and footmen came and chatted to us. They wished us a nice afternoon and were very pleasant. Everyone asked where we were from and chatted to the residents. Colin Outen one of our residents use to do this as a child and watch the Queen go by to the races. This evoked lots of memories for him, of which he was telling to everyone.
At last the Queen had arrived and the royal family proceeded to change into the carriages. As we told the residents she was coming along. They looked quite amazed. The horses were beautiful as were the carriages and we waved our flags and cheered as the Queen and Prince Andrew went by. Although unfortunately dementia can take away the short term memory, it can’t take away the moment in time. Everyone saw the Queen and enjoyed a delicious picnic in Windsor Park. The families who came along thought it was truly wonderful. It was a pleasure to see a couple of the families enjoying a day out with their loved ones, bringing normality with their parents and husband.