Lady Airlie talks of her Royal duties

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Members, friends and visitors of Glenisla WRI were delighted and honoured that the guest for their September meeting was Lady Airlie.

The first meeting of the new session was held the day after Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, became the longest-serving monarch in British history. 

To mark this special occasion the Countess of Airlie was invited to the institute to give a little information about being a royal lady-in-waiting. 

She explained that there was no actual job description though she stressed the importance of ladies-in-waiting doing their homework, knowing exactly what was happening and when, they had to be very aware of the cultures, political views and opinions of dignitaries both at home and abroad who were being met.  

They sometimes helped with royal mail if there is a special occasion and, of course, kept the Queen company and were responsible for the more mundane aspects like missing buttons, clean gloves, and collecting the flowers wellwishers give Her Majesty, to name a few.  

Sheelagh Cameron presided and gave a warm and well deserved vote of thanks, presenting the Countess with a small bouquet.  

Kathleen Davidson was congratulated on winning the Warnock Trophy, a national competition open to all members in Scotland.  The trophy was awarded this year for an unillustrated children’s story and Kathleen was presented with this at the SWRI triennial conference in Edinburgh in mid-September. 

Monthly competition winners were: Royal memento: 1, Sue Ross; 2, Kathleen Davidson. 

Wedge of Victoria sponge: 1, Hilary Lawrence; 2, Barbara Wells.  Flower of the month: Hilary Lawrence.