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Private evening talk: The Queen Mother at the Castle of Mey
September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm£55
Join us for this private evening event taking place in the stunning Chinese Dining Room in Houghton Lodge, with champagne, canapés and evening entry to the gardens.
Former equerry, Jeremy Mainwaring-Burton, gives a highly entertaining, illustrated account of what it was like to stay at the Castle of Mey as one of the Queen Mother’s guests.
The Queen Mother bought the Castle of Mey shortly after the King died in 1952. It was the only property she ever owned and she would spend three weeks there every August surrounded by members of her household and staff, and a number of young guests.
Jeremy first stayed at the Castle of Mey in the late 1970s on duty as Her Majesty’s equerry, and on many occasions thereafter as one of her guests. After she died in 2002 the Trustees asked him to help open the castle to the public and what was meant to be a six week appointment ended up lasting six years. As a result he probably spent more time at the castle over the years than its royal owner ever did.
Illustrated with a wealth of personal photographs his amusing account of what life was like at the Castle of Mey, not only for those lucky enough to be invited to stay but also for their hostess, is truly fascinating.
Tickets cost £55.00 per person which will contribute to the conservation and restoration of the beautiful historic house.
Booking is essential. Tickets can be booked online at www.houghtonlodge.co.uk or by sending a cheque with a SAE ( payable to Houghton Lodge Ltd) to Houghton Lodge, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6LQ