On 5th March 2009, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, came on a royal visit to Hull. Mr Browning and Oskar had the opportunity to meet her!
2009 was certainly a memorable one! We had developed good relations between the school and the Lord Mayor, Elaine Garland. She, in turn, had a special year, with the success of Hull City bringing positive interest to the area! In March, there was a royal visit to the city, in which Her Majesty opened a new hospital unit at Castle Hill, and attended other events. At lunchtime, the royal couple attended an official banquet at the Guildhall. As well as all the officials and VIPs, representatives were sought from the educational establishment. An adult and pupil from one primary school, one secondary school and a special school were invited. Mr Browning and Oskar received their invites and duly arrived at the Guildhall. They met the Hull City Manager, Phil Brown and spent the whole of the meal talking to the Hull Kingston Rovers coach, Justin Morgan.
The highlight, of course, was meeting the Queen. Before going into the banqueting hall, all the guests were organised into groups. Two people from each group were chosen to speak to the Queen. Oskar was one of them! When the royals entered, Prince Philip met half of the groups and the Queen the other half. After shaking hands with Oskar and Mr Browning, she asked them both about the school and seemed genuinely interested when they told her about the diverse mix of cultures at Stepney Primary.
The following photos were taken to record the moment. Oskar sent copies back to all his relatives in Poland.
The meal was delicious! Here are copies of the menu and official invitation:
(Please click on the images to see a clearer and larger version of them)