Lilian, Marta and Her Majesty The Queen
Lilian Banegas and Marta Osorio are two of our Millennium Scholars who came from Honduras and El Salvador to study in Lakefield and are currently doing degree courses in catering at the University of West London. They were chosen from their year at University to be part of the serving team waiting on the diners at the South London Diamond Jubilee Lunch given in honour of Her Majesty the Queen.
Lilian was among those waitressing the Queen’s room, and she served dessert to Her Majesty.
Lilian said afterwards, “It was wonderful, but it was over too quickly. It was such a privilege to be there – lots of English people never get that close to the Queen. I noticed that the Queen ate quickly so that she could give all her attention to the people at her table, talking to them and really listening to them.
Prince Philip was at the next table, and he was talking and making people laugh a lot. But at the same time, he was constantly aware of what the Queen was doing, and the instant she put down her knife and fork he did the same, even though he hadn’t quite finished.”
Both Lilian and Marta were impressed by the Royal couple’s ‘teamwork’ and the obvious interest and pleasure they expressed as they spoke to all those who had been invited to the lunch. They were thrilled to have been chosen to take part in these historic Jubilee celebrations.