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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Barrow teacher's royal date

A TEACHER has plenty to tell her pupils after her royal encounter.

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BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT: Ulverston teacher Naomi Whitehead, at the Queen’s Royal Garden Party with her friend Captain Richard Bagnold

Naomi Whitehead, who works at Sir John Barrow Junior School in Ulverston, attended the Queen’s Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London.

Miss Whitehead, 25, was at the palace as the guest of friend, Captain Richard Bagnold, who was invited for his services to the army, including service in Afghanistan.

He is based in London with the army and is soon to be promoted to major.

Miss Whitehead, a Year Four teacher from Ulverston, said: “It was an amazing day, it was very, very special.

“We were stood very close to the Queen as she went for tea.

“The children (Miss Whitehead’s pupils) were very excited when I received an email about my invite. I will be showing them the pictures.”

Miss Whitehead said because of Cpt Bagnold’s army status and uniform, they were at the front of the queue when entering the palace gardens.

The guards also saluted Cpt Bagnold. Miss Whitehead said: “We enjoyed a stroll around the gardens, drank the iced coffee and tasted all the food, ranging from ham sandwiches to scones with jam and tubs of ice cream.”

The friends later celebrated with champagne in the Connaught Hotel, Mayfair.

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