Portsmouth councillor Margaret’s lunch date with the Queen

ROYAL VISITOR Cllr Margaret Foster
ROYAL VISITOR Cllr Margaret Foster
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A PORTSMOUTH councillor has enjoyed tea with the Queen.

Cllr Margaret Foster was invited to the gardens of Buckingham Palace along with hundreds of other members of the public.

The Charles Dickens ward councillor went to the party on Wednesday with her sister, Carol Brett, who has recently completed a course of treatment for breast cancer.

Although she didn’t get a chance to meet the Queen in person, she said it was a visit she will always treasure.

Cllr Foster said: ‘It was absolutely wonderful, an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life.

‘The gardens were stunning and there was so many different people there from all sorts of walks of life.

‘We even got a glimpse of the Queen and Prince Philip as they walked through the gardens.

‘Prince Philip looked tired but he still managed to joke with people as he walked along to his table.’

As an extra special treat, Cllr Foster’s two sons organised for her and Mrs Brett to travel to and from the tea party in a luxurious Rolls Royce.

‘I think people thought we were very important driving through the middle of London in Rolls Royce, sipping champagne,’ she added.

‘They kept waving at us and taking photos when we stopped at traffic lights – it was great!’